10.5 Leakage from off-channel water storage
It is believed that leakage from off-channel water storage to groundwater occurs in the Murray–Darling Basin region. However, currently there is no suitable quantification approach to estimate the line item value. For future, a version of spatial tool for estimating dam impacts (STEDI) model (Sinclair Knight Merz 2011) that can estimate leakage volumes is under development. It is assumed that exclusion of this line item has negligible effect on the water balance for the groundwater store.