17.6 Diversions - other statutory rights
The volume recognised in the water accounting statements (–) represents the volume of surface water diverted under other statutory rights in the Melbourne region. Diversion of surface water under statutory rights was not metered, and there were no methods available to accurately estimate a volume.
Statutory rights to water are those that come under section 8 of the Water Act 1989 (Vic). Section 8 provides that, in some circumstances, a person has a private right to abstract and use water for domestic and stock use without an entitlement and free of charge.
The Water Act 1989 (Vic) defines domestic and stock use as the 'use of water for household purposes, the watering of animals kept as pets, the watering of cattle or other stock, fire prevention (this is limited to certain sources of water) and irrigation of a kitchen garden'. A kitchen garden is defined in the Water Act 1989 (Vic) as a garden used solely in connection with a dwelling; its size varies depending on when the land was alienated by the Crown and whether the garden is irrigated by surface water, groundwater or both.
This line item corresponds to line item 14.5 Surface water diversion under other statutory right reported in the 2010 Account. This line item was also unquantified in the 2010 Account.