THE Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has released its assessment of a package of projects which aim to use water more efficiently.
The MDBA has determined that 605 gigalitres can be achieved through implementing the nominated projects which, if approved, would result in an adjustment to the sustainable diversion limits in the southern Basin.
MDBA executive director environmental management Carl Binning said the projects include new infrastructure to enable river managers to get water to important environmental sites such as Red Gum and Black Box floodplains communities.
“Projects will also implement changes to the rules that govern river operations to allow water for the environment to be more effectively managed,” he said.
“Should the projects be implemented, this would mean more water can remain in the system for other users, including households and industry, and no further water recovery will be required in the southern Basin.
“The Basin Plan also allows for up to a further 450 gigalitres of water to be made available to the environment through improved water use efficiency. Efficiency projects must be implemented by 2024 and have neutral or better socio-economic outcomes.’’
Mr Binning said this is just the start of the process.
‘‘Basin state governments have until 2024 to complete the projects and have committed to working with communities, industries and water experts on further progressing project design and implementation,’’ he said.
“In addition to providing the Commonwealth water minister the advice, the MDBA will provide Basin state governments project-specific feedback received public comment period.
‘‘This feedback will help to strengthen the design and implementation of the projects.’’
More information on the assessment and how to provide feedback is available on the MDBA website.