Help for irrigators to prepare for season

Help for irrigators to prepare for season

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WITH SA opening water allocations expected to be announced tomorrow, two drop-in sessions have been organised to help irrigators prepare.

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WITH SA opening water allocations expected to be announced by the state government tomorrow, two drop-in sessions have been organised to help irrigators prepare for the 2019-20 water use year.

The first will be held at the Loxton Research Centre on Monday (May 20) from 11am to 3pm, while a second will be held at the Murray Bridge Golf Club on Wednesday, May 22, from 9am to 12pm.

The sessions will include Department for Environment and Water staff available to discuss the water resources outlook, the private carryover policy, water allocation projections and water licensing matters.

Other service providers, including water brokers and counsellors, are being invited to provide further support and answer questions.

The sessions follow the state government's prediction in February that opening water allocations could start at 14 per cent due to low storages and inflows across the River Murray system.

At the time, SA Water Minister David Speirs said the forecast was the 'worst-case scenario'.

"This allows food producers to plan for the worst, while we all continue to hope for significant improvements," he said.

According to Murray-Darling Basin Authority website, storages are still only at 28pc of capacity, but this does not take into account the rain in the past fortnight.

RSVP is not required for the sessions.

  • Details: River Murray WAP senior project officer Peta Brettig 08 8463 6877 or rmwap.feedback@sa.gov.au
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