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National Water Account 2016

Adelaide: Statement of Changes in Water Assets and Water Liabilities

Water availability in the Adelaide region increased by 7,001 ML during the 2015–16 year. This is an improvement compared with 2014–15, where a 28,936 ML decline in water availability was observed. The change in water available in the region at the end of the year is represented by the change in net water assets.

Figure depicting statement of changes in water assets and water liabilities. Total forfeitures: 50,770 ML, Total water allocations: 112,310 ML, Total water asset decreases 541,062 ML, total water asset increase: 335,966 ML, change in net water assets: 7,001ML and unaccounted for difference 136,555 ML



The Statement of Changes in Water Assets and Water Liabilities is provided in the table below. The statement is prepared on an accrual basis, and presents the changes in water assets and water liabilities that occurred during the reporting year. These changes include accrual transactions (e.g. allocations and forfeitures) and actual water flows, both natural and engineered.

Items in the statements are hyperlinked to the associated section of the Statement details. Methods used to derive item volumes are provided in the Reference information notes.


for the year ended 30 June 2016

 2016 ML2015 ML
Water asset increases
Surface water increases322,740374,616
Claims: inter-region145,000130,000
Total surface water increases322,740374,616
Groundwater increases105,364414,149
Inter-region inflow2027
Inter-region coastal inflow1,3001,603
Recharge: landscape100,839408,445
Leakage: farm dams-888
Managed aquifer recharge: individual users3,2053,186
Total groundwater increases105,364414,149
Urban water system increases103,323114,670
Wastewater collected95,63791,945
Delivery: desalinated water7,68622,725
Total urban water system increases103,323114,670
Irrigation scheme increases9,6358,258
Claims: inter-region9,0377,674
Other increases598584
Total irrigation scheme increases9,6358,258
Total water asset increases541,062911,693
Water liability decreases
Surface water liability decreases4,9265,700
Adjustment and forfeiture: individual users4,9265,700
Total surface water liability decreases4,9265,700
Groundwater liability decreases45,84450,693
Adjustment and forfeiture: individual users45,84450,693
Total groundwater liability decreases45,84450,693
Total water liability decreases50,77056,393
Water asset decreases
Surface water decreases90,571197,246
Recharge: landscape--
Claims: inter-region4,85666,173
Total surface water decreases90,571197,246
Groundwater decreases2,418337,585
Inter-region outflow378368
Inter-region coastal outflow932966
Discharge: landscape-335,143
Extraction: statutory rights1,1081,108
Total groundwater decreases2,418337,585
Urban water system decreases213,904210,011
Supply system delivery: urban users134,533136,092
Discharge: sea56,38158,462
Supply system transfer: inter-region4,7711,743
Other supply system decreases2,0431,257
Recycled water delivery: urban users5,9723,547
Other wastewater decreases10,2048,910
Total urban water system decreases213,904210,011
Irrigation scheme decreases29,07327,383
Claims: inter-region258391
Total irrigation scheme decreases29,07327,383
Total water asset decreases335,966772,225
Water liability increases
Surface water liability increases8,6598,629
Allocation: individual users8,6598,629
Total surface water liability increases8,6598,629
Groundwater liability increases103,651102,050
Allocation: individual users103,651102,050
Total groundwater liability increases103,651102,050
Total water liability increases112,310110,679
Unaccounted-for difference
Unaccounted-for difference136,555114,118
Unaccounted-for difference136,555114,118
Total unaccounted-for difference136,555 114,118
Change in net water assets7,001(28,936)