Murray–Darling Basin
Segments

Water Accounting Statements

Segment water accounting statements

The purpose of this note is to provide water accounting information for two segments: Northern Basin and the Southern Basin of the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) region. These two segments are shown in Figure 1.  More details of the segments are included in General description, Surface water and Groundwater sections in the Contextual information.

Tables 1 – 3 provide water accounting statements for the two segments plus consolidated statements for the whole region.

 

 

Figure 1  Segment boundaries for the MDB region for the 2012 Account
Figure 1  Segment boundaries for the MDB region for the 2012 Account

Source for the boundaries of the MDB: Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

 

Table 1  Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities as at 30 June 2012
MDB region
 

Northern Basin

Southern Basin

Whole region

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

Water assets
 
1 Surface water store
  1.1 Storages

4,314,709

3,333,324

16,872,487

15,798,138

21,187,196

19,131,462

1.2 Unregulated river

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

1.3 Regulated river

16,249

19,234

1,309,763

1,287,103

1,326,012

1,306,337

1.4 Lakes and wetlands

1,811,372

1,925,145

1,811,372

1,925,145

1.5 Inter-region claim on water

0

0

913,776

470,066

913,776

470,066

1.10 Other surface water assets

0

0

19,952

18,131

19,952

18,131

1 Total surface water store  

4,330,958

3,352,558

20,927,350

19,498,583

25,258,308

22,851,141

 
2 Groundwater store
  2.1 Water table aquifer

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

2.2 Underlying aquifers

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

2.5 Other groundwater assets

1,548,941

440,728

2,464,674

913,498

4,013,615

1,354,226

2 Total Groundwater store  

1,548,941

440,728

2,464,674

913,498

4,013,615

1,354,226

 
Total water assets  

5,879,899

3,793,286

23,392,024

20,412,081

29,271,923

24,205,367

 
Water liabilities
 
5 Surface water store
  5.1 Surface water allocation remaining

2,090,549

1,341,685

4,909,329

5,438,652

6,999,878

6,780,337

5.2 Surface water allocation remaining – urban water system 0 0 0 25 0 25
5 Total surface water store  

2,090,549

1,341,685

4,909,329

5,438,677

6,999,878

6,780,362

 
6 Groundwater store
  6.1 Groundwater allocation remaining 0 0 2,498 2,139 2,498 2,139
6.2 Groundwater allocation remaining – urban water system 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Total Groundwater store   0 0 2,498 2,139 2,498 2,139
 
Total water liabilities   2,090,549 1,341,685 4,911,827 5,440,816 7,002,376 6,782,501
 
Net water assets   3,789,350 2,451,601 18,480,197 14,971,265 22,269,547 17,422,866
 
Net water assets
  Opening net water assets 2,451,601 1,041,513 14,971,265 7,779,102 17,422,866 8,820,615
Change in net water assets 1,337,749 1,410,088 3,508,932 7,192,163 4,846,681 8,602,251
Closing net water assets   3,789,350 2,451,601 18,480,197 14,971,265 22,269,547 17,422,866








 – = Data not available

  

Table 2  Statement of Changes in Water Assets and Water Liabilities for the year ended 30 June 2012
MDB region
 

Northern Basin

Southern Basin

Whole region

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

Water asset increases
 
9 Surface water increases
  9.1 Precipitation on surface water

247,093

226,027

1,401,857

1,899,698

1,648,950

2,125,725

9.2 River inflow to region

0

0

4,547,315

1,840,333

01

01

9.4 Runoff to surface water

32,492,437

33,913,170

31,090,750

49,069,283

63,583,187

82,982,453

9.5 Point return from irrigation scheme

198,314

216,917

198,314

216,917

9.6 Overbank flood return to river channel

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

9.9 Discharge from urban water system

34,325

34,897

34,325

34,897

9.10 Direct discharge by user

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

9.15 Increase of inter-region surface water claim on water

0

0

2,560,022

3,137,374

2,560,022

3,137,374

9 Total surface water increases  

32,739,530

34,139,197

39,832,583

56,198,502

68,024,7981

88,497,3661

 
10 Groundwater increases
  10.1 Groundwater inflow from outside region

0

0

2,797

2,941

2,797

2,941

10.2 Groundwater inflow from outside region at coast

0

0

53

76

53

76

10.3 Recharge from landscape

254,547

260,133

2,878,644

10,012,996

3,133,191

10,273,129

10.5 Leakage from off-channel water storage

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

10.6 Leakage from urban water system

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

10.7 Leakage from irrigation scheme

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

10.8 Managed aquifer recharge – private user

0

0

2,340

4,158

2,340

4,158

10.13 Other groundwater increases

1,116,554

80,562

1,567,106

91,927

2,683,660

172,489

10 Total groundwater increases  

1,371,101

340,695

4,450,940

10,112,098

5,822,041

10,452,793

Total water asset increases

 

34,110,631

34,479,892

44,283,523

66,310,600

73,846,8391

98,950,1591

 
Water liability decreases
 
13 Surface water liability decreases
  13.1 Adjustment and forfeiture of surface water allocation 165,143 187,573 2,010,884 1,136,827 2,176,027 1,324,400
13.2 Adjustment and forfeiture of surface water allocation – urban water system 30,021 26,606 255,722 262,492 285,743 289,098
13 Total surface water liability decreases   195,164 214,179 2,266,606 1,399,319 2,461,770 1,613,498
 
14 Groundwater liability decreases
  14.1 Adjustment and forfeiture of groundwater allocation 385,945 271,847 692,254 608,017 1,078,199 879,864
14.2 Adjustment and forfeiture of groundwater allocation – urban water system 11,874 9,128 5,205 3,292 17,079 12,420
14 Total groundwater liability decreases   397,819 280,975 697,459 611,309 1,095,278 892,284
 
Total water liability decreases   592,983 495,154 2,964,065 2,010,628 3,557,048 2,505,782
 
Water asset decreases
 
17 Surface water asset decreases
  17.1 Evaporation from surface water

366,255

320,996

2,892,164

2,692,725

3,258,419

3,013,721

17.2 River outflow from the region

4,547,315

1,840,333

9,565,600

12,839,048

9,565,6002

12,839,0482

17.4 Leakage to landscape

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

17.5 Overbank flood spilling

299,151

652,699

299,151

652,699

17.6 Surface water diversions – other statutory rights

38,066

28,516

30,523

19,135

68,589

47,651

17.7 Entitled diversion on non-allocated surface water to users

1,090,894

1,451,542

523,155

565,240

1,614,049

2,016,782

17.8 Entitled diversion of non-allocated surface water to urban water system

3,567

3,167

6,294

17,421

9,861

20,588

17.10 River and floodplain leakage, evaporation and errors

24,648,167

26,656,458

18,308,972

24,978,289

42,957,139

51,634,747

17.17 Decrease of inter-region surface water claim on water

0

0

625,000

765,817

625,000

765,817

17 Total surface water asset decreases   30,993,415 30,953,711 31,951,708 41,877,675 58,397,8082 70,991,0532
 
18 Groundwater asset decreases
  18.1 Groundwater outflow to outside region

0

0

19

14

19

14

18.2 Groundwater outflow to outside region at coast

0

0

1,551

1,625

1,551

1,625

18.3 Discharge to landscape

7,104

36,992

610,649

200,575

617,753

237,567

18.7 Groundwater extractions – other statutory rights

48,948

12,858

145,228

36,437

194,176

49,295

18.18 Other groundwater decreases

8,341

8,575

15,930

6,254

24,271

14,829

18 Total groundwater asset decreases  

64,393

58,425

773,377

244,905

837,770

303,330

 
Total water asset decreases  

31,057,808

31,012,136

32,725,085

42,122,580

59,235,5782

71,294,3832

 
Water liability increases
 
21 Surface water liability increases
  21.1 Surface water allocation announcements 1,599,474 1,904,177 7,412,187 7,839,249 9,011,661 9,743,426
21.2 Surface water allocation announcements – urban system 42,499 42,150 539,521 514,394 582,020 556,544
21 Total surface water liability increases   1,641,973 1,946,327 7,951,708 8,353,643 9,593,681 10,299,970
 
22 Groundwater liability increases
  22.1 Groundwater allocation announcements 634,486 396,879 1,051,042 817,370 1,685,528 1,214,249
22.2 Groundwater allocation announcements – urban system 19,107 18,175 6,886 4,631 25,993 22,806
22 Total groundwater liability increases   653,593 415,054 1,057,928 822,001 1,711,521 1,237,055
 
Total water liability increases   2,295,566 2,361,381 9,009,636 9,175,644 11,305,202 11,537,025
 
25 Unaccounted-for difference
25.1 Unaccounted-for difference    12,491 191,441 2,003,935 9,830,841 2,016,426 10,022,282
 
Change in net water assets   1,337,749 1,410,088 3,485,069 7,192,163 4,822,818 8,602,251

– = Data not available

  1. Please note the volume for the Southern Basin for line item 9.2 'River inflow to region' was eliminated in the whole region.
  2. Please note the volume for the Northern Basin for line item 17.2 'River outflow from the region' was eliminated in the whole region.

  

Table 3  Statement of Water Flows for the year ended 30 June 2012
MDB region
 

Northern Basin

Southern Basin

Whole region

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

2012 (ML)

2011 (ML)

Water inflows
 
9 Surface water inflows
  9.1 Precipitation on surface water

247,093

226,027

1,401,857

1,899,698

1,648,950

2,125,725

9.2 River inflow to region

0

0

4,547,315

1,840,333

01

01

9.4 Runoff to surface water

32,492,437

33,913,170

31,090,750

49,069,283

63,583,187

82,982,453

9.5 Point return from irrigation scheme

198,314

216,917

198,314

216,917

9.6 Overbank flood return to river channel

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

9.9 Discharge from urban water system

34,325

34,897

34,325

34,897

9.10 Direct discharge by user

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

9.11 Delivery of water under inter-region agreement to surface water

0

0

1,491,312

2,310,491

1,491,312

2,310,491

9 Total surface water inflows  

32,739,530

34,139,197

38,763,873

55,371,619

66,956,0881

87,670,4831

 
10 Groundwater inflows
  10.1 Groundwater inflow from outside region

0

0

2,797

2,941

2,797

2,941

10.2 Groundwater inflow from outside region at coast

0

0

53

76

53

76

10.3 Recharge from landscape

254,547

260,133

2,878,644

10,012,996

3,133,191

10,273,129

10.5 Leakage from off-channel water storage

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

10.6 Leakage from urban water system

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

10.7 Leakage from irrigation scheme

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

10.8 Managed aquifer recharge – private user

0

0

2,340

4,158

2,340

4,158

10.13 Other groundwater increases

1,116,554

80,562

1,567,106

91,927

2,683,660

172,489

10 Total groundwater inflows  

1,371,101

340,695

4,450,940

10,112,098

5,822,041

10,452,793

 
Total water inflows  

34,110,631

34,479,892

43,214,813

65,483,717

72,778,1291

98,123,2761

 
Water outflows
 
17 Surface water outflows
  17.1 Evaporation from surface water

366,255

320,996

2,892,164

2,692,725

3,258,419

3,013,721

17.2 River outflow from the region

4,547,315

1,840,333

9,565,600

12,839,048

9,565,6002

12,839,0482

17.4 Leakage to landscape

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

 –

17.5 Overbank flood spilling

299,151

652,699

299,151

652,699

17.6 Surface water diversions – other statutory rights

38,066

28,516

30,523

19,135

68,589

47,651

17.7 Entitled diversion on non-allocated surface water to users

1,090,894

1,451,542

523,155

565,240

1,614,049

2,016,782

17.8 Entitled diversion of non-allocated surface water to urban water system

3,567

3,167

6,294

17,421

9,861

20,588

17.10 River and floodplain leakage, evaporation and errors

24,648,167

26,656,458

18,308,972

24,978,289

42,957,139

51,634,747

17.11 Entitled diversion of allocated surface water to users

685,467

507,631

5,930,626

3,513,176

6,616,093

4,020,807

17.12 Entitled diversion of allocated surface water to urban water system

12,478

15,509

283,824

251,875

296,302

267,384

17 Total surface water outflows   31,691,360 31,476,851 37,541,158 44,876,909 64,685,2032 74,513,4272
 
18 Groundwater outflows
  18.1 Groundwater outflow to outside region

0

0

19

14

19

14

18.2 Groundwater outflow to outside region at coast

0

0

1,551

1,625

1,551

1,625

18.3 Discharge to landscape

7,104

36,992

610,649

200,575

617,753

237,567

18.7 Groundwater extractions – other statutory rights

48,948

12,858

145,228

36,437

194,176

49,295

18.11 Entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to users

248,541

125,032

358,429

208,880

606,970

333,912

18.12 Entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to urban water system

7,233

9,047

1,681

1,339

8,914

10,386

18.18 Other groundwater decreases

8,341

8,575

15,930

6,254

24,271

14,829

18 Total groundwater outflows  

320,167

192,504

1,133,487

455,124

1,453,654

647,628

 
Total water outflows  

32,011,527

31,669,355

38,674,645

45,332,033

66,138,8572

75,161,0552

 
25 Unaccounted-for difference
25.1 Unaccounted-for difference   

12,491

191,441

2,003,935

9,830,841

2,016,426

10,022,282

 
Change in water storage  

2,086,613

2,619,096

2,536,233

10,320,843

4,622,846

12,939,939

 
Opening water storage  

3,793,286

1,174,190

19,942,015

9,621,172

23,735,301

10,795,362

  Add: Change in water storage

2,086,613

2,619,096

2,536,233

10,320,843

4,622,846

12,939,939

Closing water storage  

5,879,899

3,793,286

22,478,248

19,942,015

28,358,147

23,735,301

– = Data not available

  1. Please note the volume for the Southern Basin for line item 9.2 'River inflow to region' was eliminated in the whole region.
  2. Please note the volume for the Northern Basin for line item 17.2 'River outflow from the region' was eliminated in the whole region.

Reconciliations

Segment reconciliations

Tables 4 and 5 present information on (1) closing water storage to total water assets for the two segments, and (2) reconciliation of the net change in water storage to the change in net water assets.

Table 4  Reconciliation of closing water storage to total water assets for two segments

Description

Northern Basin

Southern Basin

Whole region

The 2011–12 year (ML)

The 2010–11 year (ML)

The 2011–12 year (ML)

The 2010–11 year (ML)

The 2011–12 year (ML)

The 2010–11 year (ML)

Closing water storage presented in the Statement of Water Flows

5,879,899

3,793,286

22,478,248

19,942,015

28,358,147

23,735,301

1 Surface water
1.1 Storages

4,314,709

3,333,324

16,872,487

15,798,138

21,187,196

19,131,462

1.2 Unregulated river

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.3 Regulated river

16,249

19,234

1,309,763

1,287,103

1,326,012

1,306,337

1.4 Lakes and wetlands

0

0

1,811,372

1,925,145

1,811,372

1,925,145

1.10 Other surface water assets

0

0

19,952

18,131

19,952

18,131

Total 1 Surface water 

4,330,958

3,352,558

20,013,574

19,028,517

24,344,532

22,381,075

 
2 Groundwater
2.1 Water Table aquifer

2.2 Underlying aquifers

2.5 Other groundwater assets

1,548,941

440,728

2,464,674

913,498

4,013,615

1,354,226

Total 2 Groundwater store

1,548,941

440,728

2,464,674

913,498

4,013,615

1,354,226

 
Total water storage as presented in the Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

5,879,899

3,793,286

22,478,248

19,942,015

28,358,147

23,735,301

 
plus Other water assets
1 Surface water
1.5 Inter-region claim on water

0

0

913,776

470,066

913,776

470,066

Total 1 Surface water

 0

 0

913,776

470,066

913,776

470,066

 
Total other water assets

0

0

913,776

470,066

913,776

470,066

 
Total water assets

5,879,899

3,793,286

23,392,024

20,412,081

29,271,923

24,205,367

– = Data not available

 

Table 5  Reconciliation of the net change in water storage to the change in net water assets for two segments
Description

Northern Basin

Southern Basin

Whole region

The 2011–12 year (ML)

The 2010–11 year (ML)

The 2011–12 year (ML)

The 2010–11 year (ML)

The 2011–12 year (ML)

The 2010–11 year (ML)

Change in net water assets

1,337,749

1,410,088

3,508,932

7,192,163

4,846,681

8,602,251

adjustments for:            
(Increase) / Decrease in non-physical water assets            
1 Surface water            
1.5 Inter-region claim on water 0 0 (443,710) (61,066) (443,710) (61,066)
             
Increase / (Decrease) in water liabilities            
5 Surface water liability            
5.1 Surface water allocation remaining 748,864 1,208,973 (529,323) 3,189,246 219,541 4,398,219
5.2 Surface water allocation remaining – urban water system 0 35 (25) 27 (25) 62
6 Groundwater liability            
6.1 Groundwater allocation remaining 0 0 359 473 359 473
             
Net change in water storage 2,086,613 2,619,096 2,536,233 10,320,843 4,622,846 12,939,939