National Water Account 2015

Daly: Region overview

The region is groundwater dependent and one of the few perennial river systems in northern Australia. Environmental, cultural and recreational values have historically been the major water management focus in the region; however, it is under increasing economic development pressure, particularly agriculture.

Rainfall

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1,000 mm

12% less than last year   
97% of long-term average

Storage

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53% full

30% less than last year   
413 ML total capacity

Streamflow

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Katherine River
Daly River

below average

less than last year

calendar icon showing water year from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

WATER SOURCES

Graph showing breakdown of water sources use in the Daly region for 2014–15. 8,971 megalitres of surface water was diverted or approximately 26% of total water sourced; Groundwater extracted was 25,450 megalitres or 74% of total water sourced.

total water used

Groundwater

Surface water

34,421 ML

9% more than last year

WATER ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS

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Assets

excludes groundwater

30%

Icon showing in 2014-15 water assets decreased by 30% from 2013-14.

Liabilities

includes groundwater

110,346 ML

see Water Accounting policies

5%

Icon showing in 2014-15 water liabilities decreased by 5% from 2013-14.

Inflows

6,922,191 ML

17%

Icon showing in 2014-15 water inflows decreased by 17% from 2013-14.

Outflows

4,106,961 ML

56%

Icon showing in 2014-15 water outflows decreased by 56% from 2013-14.

Net change

5,713 ML

 

Icon showing direction (increase) of net change in water assets in 2014-15.

WATER USE

Surface water diversion icon

8,971 ML

surface water diverted

17% more than last year

Groundwater extraction icon

25,450 ML

groundwater extracted

6% more than last year

Urban supply icon

3,684 ML

supplied to urban system

45% more than last year