Melbourne
32.2 Surface water access entitlement for non-allocated diversions

Supporting information

Surface water access entitlements for non-allocated diversions represents entitlements held in water systems where the flow is not interrupted by dams or weirs and the volume of water available for diversion is based entirely on rainfall and runoff. Take and use licenses are issued to private diverters to access water directly from rivers.

The following table presents surface water take and use licences issued in the Melbourne region. Most entitlements are held for irrigation in the Bunyip and Yarra catchments.

Take and use licence entitlement volumes in the Melbourne region during the 2012–13 year

Licence Class

Catchment

All catchments

Bunyip

Yarra

Maribyrnong

Werribee

irrigation

17,426

20,893

3,158

763

42,240

stock and domestic

612

725

298

24

1,659

commercial and industrial

467

16,209

32

251

16,959

other

538

6,150

25

0

6,713

Total licensed volume (ML)

19,043

43,977

3,513

1,039

67,571


More information on entitlements in unregulated water systems can be found on the Victorian Water Register website.