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Borrowed water given back to Barmah

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November 03, 2017

ALL water borrowed from the Barmah Forest account has been repaid.

‘‘Water was borrowed from the Barmah Forest to improve early seasonal determinations for Murray system high-reliability water shares,” northern Victoria resource manager Mark Bailey said.

“Now that the borrowed water is repaid, the November 15 update will include an assessment of the resource improvement needed for a seasonal determination against low-reliability water shares.”

Seasonal determinations have also been updated.

The Goulburn system and the Loddon system have both increased from 91 per cent to 93 per cent high-reliability water shares (HRWS).

The Broken system increased from 50 per cent to 100 per cent HRWS. The Campaspe system also has 100 per cent.

The low-reliability water share (LRWS) seasonal determination in the Campaspe system increased from 29 per cent to 30 per cent.

The seasonal determination in the Murray system remains unchanged at 100 per cent HRWS and the Bullarook system remains at 100 per cent HRWS and 100 per cent LRWS.

Resource manager Mark Bailey said carryover rules and the volumes carried over into 2017/18 influenced the large improvement for the Broken system.

Dr Bailey said Victoria may not be able to store all the flows into its share of Lake Hume during October.

“Victoria’s share of Lake Hume could be full at the end of October. If confirmed by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, a deduction from Murray system spillable water accounts will be needed,” he said.

“The status of Victoria’s share during October will be confirmed with the next risk of spill announcement on November 10."

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