Around 8,000 ML of inflow was received to reservoirs during June; however, due to below average inflows over the past two years, further inflows are now required before any allocation can be made to entitlements. Additional inflows are necessary to secure the full headworks system operating water requirement for the 2019-20 year. Operating water meets system losses such as evaporation from reservoirs.
The first allocation announcement for 2019-20 season sees all entitlements receive a 0% allocation. Entitlement holders collectively have access to 116,600 ML of unused water allocation carried forward from 2018-19 year.
Around 2,800 ML of inflow was received to reservoirs during May; the first inflows observed for 6 months.
In response to well below inflow to reservoirs during the 2018-19 season, and a climate outlook which favours dry conditions for 2019-20, entitlement holders collectively agreed that resource improvements during May be held over to help secure system operating water and support allocations in the 2019-20 season. As a result, no increase in allocation has occurred this month.
The final allocation announcement for 2018-19 season sees Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product remain at 55% allocation this month, and Glenelg Compensation Flow remain at 1% allocation. No allocation has been possible to Recreation entitlement, Wetland entitlement or Commonwealth environmental entitlement during 2018-19.
No measureable inflow was observed to reservoirs for a sixth consecutive month during April. With continued dry conditions and little rainfall during April, losses from the reservoir system have again matched the Storage Manager’s projections. As a result, no increase in allocation has been possible for May.
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product remains at 55% allocation this month. Glenelg Compensation Flow remains at 1% allocation. No allocation has yet been possible to Recreation entitlement, Wetland entitlement or Commonwealth environmental entitlement.