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Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

The consultation period for public comment on the draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse has closed.

Submissions will be considered by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board when finalising the draft plan before submitting it to the Minister for Climate. Environment and Water for adoption. A report on the consultation process and feedback received will be made available to the public in the near future.

Copies of the draft plan and a factsheet can be accessed for information about the proposed changes.

Current Water Allocation Plan

The River Murray is critical to South Australia's communities, industries, unique environment and way of life. The current Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse is in place to manage the river for all water users, and to make sure that water use is sustainable.

The water allocation plan covers the River Murray downstream from the Victorian border and includes Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, part of Currency Creek, and the Finniss, Angas and Bremer Rivers. See the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse map for more information.

Arrangements are in place to help South Australia prepare for an extended dry period, including the storage of water for critical human water needs, private carryover purposes, and activation of the policy for use of the Adelaide desalination plant in dry times.

The water allocation plan:

  • shares available water amongst all water users, including the environment
  • provides greater transparency for water users, especially about how water will be allocated.

The water allocation plan forms part of the River Murray Water Resources Plan and is accredited under the Basin Plan. Water users' obligations are met when they comply with the water allocation plan.

What do I need to know about the rules in the water allocation plan?

The water allocation plan sets out the rules for taking and using water. If you are a water user, it's important that you know about the rules in the water allocation plan.

Fact sheets that explain the policies in the water allocation plan are available and include:

Information about the water use year and useful tools

The South Australian Government is committed to ensuring that water users receive the best available information about the projected minimum opening allocations in the River Murray and allocation outlooks.

As part of the government's commitment to providing early advice to help irrigators manage their water, the Department for Environment and Water has launched the SA River Murray Water Calculator.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about the rules of the water allocation plan and how they apply to you:

Printed copies of the water allocation plan are available for collection at the landscape board offices in Berri 08 8580 1800 and Murray Bridge 08 8532 9100, or you can request that a copy is mailed to you.

To talk through any of the policies in the water allocation plan, please contact the Senior Project Officer, River Murray Water Allocation Plan on 0428 113 442 or email rmwap.feedback@sa.gov.au.

For more information about licensing, metering, or well permits, please contact us on 08 8595 2053. Water licensing and permit forms are available online, here.

Other resources & reports

More information

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board

Unit 5-6, Level 1 Sturt Centre, 2 Sturt Reserve Road, Murray Bridge, 5253

08 8532 9100

rmwap.feedback@sa.gov.au