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National Water Account 2017

Melbourne: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

The volume of water available in the Melbourne region at 30 June 2017 was 1,260,196 ML compared with 1,172,722 ML at the start of the 2016–17 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 volume of water assets, and water liabilities at the start and end of the reporting year.



 2017 ML2016 ML
Water assets
Surface water1,203,5601,107,787
Claims: inter-region647,907592,105
Claims: desalinated water00
Water table aquifer22,05422,054
Underlying aquifers16,56516,565
Urban water system29,02629,828
Supply system
Recycled water
Total water assets1,271,2051,176,234
Water liabilities
Surface water liability11,0093,512
Allocation remaining: individual users11,0093,512
Commitment: inter-region00
Groundwater liability00
Allocation remaining: individual users00
Total water liabilities11,0093,512
Opening net water assets1,172,7221,349,046
Change in net water assets87,474(176,324)
Closing net water assets1,260,1961,172,722