Goulburn-Murray Water’s water resources manager Mark Bailey said the 2017-18 season was in good shape in terms of water availability.
Dr Bailey was speaking as part of his outlook and review of water availability discussion at the recent Murray Dairy event on water security.
He said all systems had reached high-reliability water share of 100 per cent in the 2016-17 season for regulated surface water, while three systems also recorded 100 per cent low-reliability water share, meaning there was plenty of water around for the 2017-18 season.
‘‘With the Broken, Campaspe and Bullarook systems all reaching 100 per cent LRWS, this means there is good water for next season,’’ Dr Bailey said.
The 100 per cent of regulated surface water recorded in the NSW Murray general security system is the reason for positive prices.
‘‘NSW general security is at 100 per cent, meaning more water is on the market and this has reflected on prices,’’ Dr Bailey said.
Storage volumes during the past 12 months have increased, with the Eppalock system closest to filling as of mid-May (91 per cent) after only being at 22 per cent capacity at the same time last year.
‘‘We have very healthy volumes,’’ Dr Bailey said.
‘‘The outlook is a good outcome. I’d be rapt if these were every year at April/May.’’