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Murray Valley Water Report: September 2007- historical low, catastrophic dry feared for 2008/2009

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Water availability to users in the Murray Valley continues to deteriorate – it has now reached an historical low, said The NSW Department of Water and Energy, September 2007. There was “Virtually no chance of a NSW Murray Valley allocation increase in September without immediate heavy rain…There was little rain across the Murray Valley in the past month and water supply continued to worsen. Without further inflows in the coming months there may not be any additional water available for use this year”.

Upper Murray
Worst case feared: “There was also concern that there were currently no reserves for water supply for essential human needs in 2008/2009”. From 15 August to 13 September 2007;

• Albury received 13.6 mm of rain; and

• Deniliquin received 3.6 mm. There was some good falls in localised sections of the upper catchments, with Mt Hotham receiving 38 mm and Mt Buffalo 52 mm in the last week.

Storage levels as at 13 September 2007:

Hume Dam, 819GL at 27 per cent +129GL
Dartmouth Dam at 65GL which was 2 per cent +45GL
Lake Victoria 556BL at 82 per cent +88GL
Menindee Lakes Storage at 4 per cent falling, -9
Snowy Murray Storage at 210GL (4 Sept.) +61 per cent

“The Department of Water and Energy continues to meet regularly with the critical water advisory group to discuss water supply strategies and options for the remainder of 2007/2008 and for 2008/2009”.

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