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National Water Account 2016

Adelaide: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

Water availability in the Adelaide region increased during the 2015–16 year, from 173,190 ML to 180,191 ML. Water availability is represented by the net water assets, which are the volume of water in storages minus the water liabilities.

Image depicting the Adelaide region, detailing the total water assets of 189,656 ML, total water liabilities of 9,465 ML and net water assets of 180,191 ML  at 30 June 2016


The Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities is provided in the table below. The statement presents the volume of water assets and water liabilities at the start and end of the reporting year.

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.


as at 30 June 2016

 2016 ML2015 ML
Water assets
Surface water103,30094,769
Unregulated river
Claims: inter-region00
Total surface water103,30094,769
Water table aquifer
Underlying aquifers
Other groundwater assets86,35686,356
Total groundwater86,35686,356
Irrigation scheme00
Claims: inter-region00
Total irrigation scheme00
Total water assets189,656181,125
Water liabilities
Surface water liability377614
Allocation remaining: individual users377614
Total surface water liability377614
Groundwater liability9,0887,321
Allocation remaining: individual users9,0887,321
Total groundwater liability9,0887,321
Total water liabilities9,4657,935
Opening net water assets173,190202,126
Change in net water assets7,001(28,936)
Closing net water assets180,191173,190