Summary of current water allocations

Below are tables summarising current water allocations for regulated river, unregulated river and groundwater water sources.

Allocations that are normally expressed in megalitres per unit share – for example high security, general security and aquifer access – are expressed in the tables below as percentages. One megalitre (ML) per unit share equates to 100% allocation, whereas 0.05 ML per share equates to 5% allocation.

Tables for the unregulated rivers and groundwater sources report by exception, that is, only those water source licence categories that did not receive full allocations are listed.

Carryover water

Water users may have access to unused water in their account carried over from the previous year. Carryover rules vary between water sources and between licence categories. Towns, domestic and stock, and most high security licence categories cannot carryover.

Drought stage

The current drought stage for each inland river valley is included in the table. These range from Stage 1 (Normal operations) to Stage 4 (Critical drought). The drought stage is determined in accordance with the critical trigger levels outlined in incident response guides (IRGs) developed by the department. Further information on the IRGs is available at extreme events.

Drought stage per water source

Water source

System type*

Drought stage

Date of last stage change

Lower Darling

Regulated river

Stage 3

October 2018

Macquarie

Regulated river

Stage 3

October 2018

Upper and Lower Namoi

Regulated river

Stage 3

November 2018

Gwydir

Regulated river

Stage 2

October 2018

Barwon-Darling unregulated and alluvial

Unregulated river

Stage 3

October 2018

All other water sources

Various

Stage 1

October 2018

* System type refers to regulated river, unregulated river or groundwater.

Current allocations - regulated rivers

River valley

Allocation

Licence category

Date of last allocation increase

Murray*

0%

General security

15 March 2018

97%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Lower Darling*

0%

General security

1 July 2017

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Murrumbidgee*

7%

General security

17 September 2018

95%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Lachlan*

0%

General security

14 August 2017

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Belubula*

0%

General security

21 December 2016

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Macquarie and Cudgegong*

0%

General security

14 August 2017

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Lower Namoi*

0%

General security

7 August 2017

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Upper Namoi*

100%

General security

1 July 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Peel

38%

General security

4 October 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Gwydir*

0%

General security

7 February 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

NSW Border Rivers*

32.8%

General security A Class

10 October 2018

0%

General security B Class

31 January 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Richmond

100%

General security

1 July 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Paterson*

100%

General security

1 July 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Hunter*

100%

General security

1 July 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

Bega Brogo

30%

General security

1 July 2018

100%

High security

1 July 2018

100%

Domestic and stock

1 July 2018

100%

Local water utilities

1 July 2018

* Carryover water may also be available.

Current allocations - unregulated rivers

River valley

Current allocation (2018-19) water year

Licence category

Date of allocation

All unregulated river water sources

Full allocations

All categories

1 July 2018

* Carryover water may also be available, according to water sharing plan.

Current allocations - groundwater

River valley

Current allocation (2018-19) water year

Water source / licence category

Date of allocation

Eastern Recharge (NSW Great Artesian Basin)

50%

Aquifer access

1 July 2018

Peel Alluvium

69.4%

Aquifer (general security) access

4 October 2018

Murrumbidgee Alluvial

98.4%

Aquifer (high security) access

1 July 2018

All other groundwater sources

100%

All other licence categories

1 July 2018

* Carryover water may also be available, according to water sharing plan.