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National Water Account 2016

Murray–Darling Basin: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

The volume of water available in the Murray–Darling Basin region at 30 June 2016 was 13,500,354 ML, compared with 13,424,928 ML at the start of the 2015–16 year. Water availability is represented by the net water assets, which are the volume of water assets minus the water liabilities.



The Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities is provided in the table below. The statement presents the volumes 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 water 13,521,27213,697,589
Storages 9,059,5259,681,284
Rivers 1,960,497897,210
Lakes and wetlands 1,875,0021,865,132
Claims: inter-region 608,1431,238,860
Other assets 18,10515,103
Total surface water 13,521,27213,697,589
Groundwater 3,333,7403,333,740
Aquifers 3,333,7403,333,740
Total groundwater 3,333,7403,333,740
Total water assets 16,855,01217,031,329
Water liabilities
Surface water liability 2,696,5272,854,285
Allocation remaining: individual users 1,837,840 1,977,002
Allocation remaining: urban system(30)0
Allocation remaining: environmental purposes 858,717877,283
Total surface water liability 2,696,527 2,854,285
Groundwater liability 658,131752,116
Allocation remaining: individual users 655,290749,860
Allocation remaining: urban system00
Allocation remaining: environmental purposes 2,8412,256
Total groundwater liability 658,131752,116
Total water liabilities3,354,6583,606,401
Opening net water assets 13,424,92816,860,763
Change in net water assets 75,426(3,435,835)
Closing net water assets 13,500,35413,424,928