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Seasonal update released

The Resource Manager for northern Victoria has today updated the seasonal determinations and outlook for 2022/23 water availability.

The Murray system moves from 94 per cent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) to 96 per cent HWRS. The Goulburn and Loddon systems increase from 66 per cent HRWS to 68 per cent HWRS.

The Campaspe, Broken and Bullarook system seasonal determinations remain unchanged.

Resource Manager Mark Bailey said drier conditions meant there was little improvement in water availability since the opening announcement.

“Moderate rainfall since the start of July has meant runoff into the major storages has been close to our estimates,” Dr Bailey said.

“This allowed only the minor improvements for the Murray, Goulburn and Loddon systems announced today. Today’s announcement also includes the carryover data that has been updated since the start of the new water year.

“While recent conditions have been relatively dry, the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast continues to favour above-average rainfall to October. Improvements to the seasonal determinations will come with further rainfall and runoff into the major storages.”

Dr Bailey reminded Murray system customers about the effect of continued releases from Lake Hume for airspace management.

“The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is continuing to manage the rate of filling at Lake Hume. Entitlements holders in the Murray system should note a deduction from spillable water accounts will occur in mid-August after the volumes released during July are confirmed.”

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