Murray–Darling Basin
18.12 Entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to urban water system

Supporting information

The volumetric value for the line item for the 2011–12 year was 8,914 ML. The line item represents groundwater allocation diversion for urban water systems in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) region. The following table provides detailed volumetric information for the line item. 

 

Groundwater allocation extraction for urban water systems in the MDB region in the 2011–12 year
Groundwater resource plan area Groundwater sustainable diversion limit (SDL) area State Entitlement class  Volume (ML) for the 2011–12 year 
Code

Name

GW18 New South Wales Border Rivers Alluvium GS32 NSW Border Rivers Alluvium  NSW Local water utility

2

GS33 NSW Border Rivers Tributary Alluvium NSW Local water utility

6

GW17 New England Fractured Rock and Northern Basalts GS18 Inverell Basalt NSW Local water utility

0

GS37 New England Fold Belt NSW Local water utility

0

GW16 Eastern Porous Rock GS17 Gunnedah–Oxley Basin  NSW Local water utility

0

GW15 Gwydir Alluvium GS24 Lower Gwydir Alluvium NSW Local water utility 2,005
GW14 Namoi Alluvium GS29 Lower Namoi Alluvium NSW Local water utility 1,619
GS40 Peel Valley Alluvium NSW Local water utility, and domestic and stock (town water supply) 339
GS47 Upper Namoi Alluvium NSW Local water utility 2,079
GW12 Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium GS26 Lower Macquarie Alluvium NSW Local water utility 1,183
Sub-total Northern Basin 7,233
GW 11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock GS 20  Lachlan Fold Belt NSW Local water utility 68
GS39 Orange Basalt NSW Local water utility 68
GS51 Young Granite NSW Local water utility 0
GW10 Lachlan Alluvium GS25 Lower Lachlan Alluvium NSW Local water utility 788
Aquifer – town water supply 0
Sub-total 788
GW9 Murrumbidgee Alluvium GS28 Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium (shallow; Shepparton formation and deep; Calivil formation and Renmark Group) NSW Local water utility 670
Aquifer – town water supply 2
Sub-total 672
GW8 Murray Alluvium GS27 Lower Murray Alluvium (shallow; Shepparton formation and deep; Renmark Group and Calivil formation) NSW Local water utility 6
Aquifer – town water supply 56
Sub-total 62
GS46 Upper Murray Alluvium NSW Local water utility 14
Aquifer – town water supply 10
Sub-total 24
Sub-total Southern Basin     1,681
Total for the region 8,914

 

Additional information

SDL areas not shown in the table may have values relevant to the line item; however, relevant information was not available for the 2012 Account.

GS 32 NSW Border Rivers Alluvium includes both upstream Keetah Bridge and downstream Keetah Bridge alluvial groundwater sources.

GS 33 NSW Border Rivers Tributary Alluvium includes Macintyre and Ottleys Creek alluvial groundwater sources. 

Volumes reported here under GS47 Upper Namoi Alluvium are sourced from the following groundwater sources:

  • Upper Namoi zone 1 Borambil creek
  • Upper Namoi zone 2 Cox'S Creek (Mullaley to Boggabri)
  • Upper Namoi zone 3 Mooki Valley (Breeza to Gunnedah)
  • Upper Namoi zone 4 Namoi valley (Keepit Reservoir to Gin's Leap)
  • Upper Namoi zone 5 Namoi Valley (Gin's Leap to Narrabri)
  • Upper Namoi zone 6 Tributaries of the Liverpool Range (South to Pine Road)
  • Upper Namoi zone 7 Yarraman Creek (east of Lake Goran to Mooki River)
  • Upper Namoi zone 8 Mooki Valley (Quirindi–Pine Road to Breeza)
  • Upper Namoi zone 9 Cox's Creek (up-stream Mullaley)
  • Upper Namoi zone 10 Warrah Creek
  • Upper Namoi zone 11 Maules Creek
  • Upper Namoi zone 12 Kelvin Valley.

There was 178 ML groundwater extraction in GS 8 Goulburn–Murray for urban use in Katunga (58 ML), Wangaratta (108 ML) and Goorambat (12 ML). This extraction was not included in this line item and included in line item 18.11 'Entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to users' because information on urban allocations had not been available. 

Water sharing plans were yet to commence or data were unavailable for the groundwater SDL areas listed in the following table.


Groundwater SDL areas for which data were not available for the line item
State SDL area code Groundwater SDL area 
Qld GS56 Queensland MDB: Deep
Qld GS60 Sediments above the Great Artesian Basin: Warrego–Paroo–Nebine
Qld GS63 St George Alluvium: Warrego–Paroo–Nebine
Qld GS66 Warrego Alluvium
Qld GS53 Condamine Fractured Rock
Qld GS58 Sediments above the Great Artesian Basin: Condamine–Balonne
Qld GS61 St George Alluvium: Condamine–Balonne (shallow and deep)
Qld GS65 Upper Condamine Basalts1
Qld GS64 Upper Condamine Alluvium (Central Condamine Alluvium and Tributaries)1
Qld GS59 Sediments above the Great Artesian Basin: Moonie
Qld GS62 St George Alluvium: Moonie
Qld GS54 Queensland Border Rivers Alluvium
Qld GS55 Queensland Border Rivers Fractured Rock
Qld GS57 Sediments above the Great Artesian Basin: Border Rivers
NSW GS43 Upper Gwydir Alluvium
NSW GS30 Manilla Alluvium
NSW GS48 Upper Namoi Tributary Alluvium
NSW GS11 Bell Valley Alluvium
NSW GS15 Collaburragundry–Talbragar Alluvium
NSW GS16 Cudgegong Alluvium
NSW GS45 Upper Macquarie Alluvium
NSW GS12 Belubula Alluvium
NSW GS44 Upper Lachlan Alluvium
NSW GS21 Lake George Alluvium
NSW GS31 Mid–Murrumbidgee Alluvium
NSW GS13 Billabong Creek Alluvium
NSW GS42 Upper Darling Alluvium
Vic. GS8 Goulburn–Murray
Vic. GS9 Wimmera–Mallee 
SA GS2 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges
SA GS6 SA Murray
SA GS7 SA Murray salt interception schemes
ACT GS52 Australian Capital Territory (Groundwater) 
1 Most likely there is no urban water allocations, diversions and forfeiture.

Quantification approach

Data source

New South Wales Office of Water: water access licence statistics.

Provided by

Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau).

Method

Metered extractions were as compiled by the states.

Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations

Information for New South Wales is based on data available in New South Wales Office of Water's water access licence statistics at the data collection stage. It is possible that changes if any from subsequent update to that data base have not been included in this line item.

The New South Wales Government does not guarantee that data are current nor does it guarantee that the data or the data capturing processes are free from corruption or error. Data provided are preliminary and New South Wales Office of Water's quality assurance procedures may be incomplete. The New South Wales Office of Water cannot warrant and does not represent that the material that appears on its website or any linked websites is complete, current, reliable and/or free from error.

 

Uncertainty information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

Comparative year

This line item corresponds to line item 18.12 'Groundwater allocation diversion – urban water system' reported in the 2011 Account.