National Water Account 2018

Canberra: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2017–30 June 2018

  • Below-average annual rainfall and soil moisture contributed to very low streamflow across the region.
  • End of year storage decreased by 18% from last year, the first drop in end of year storage volume in five years.

Climate and water

Rainfall

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632 mm

below the average of 787 mm

Streamflow

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below average

less than last year

Storage

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70% full

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18% less than last year   

Water use

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Canberra region. A total of 53,635 ML of water was supplied to users in 2017–18. 93% of total water supply was for the urban system; 7% was for individual users.

56,770 ML

urban system

92%

individual users

8%

Water status

Allocations

75,369 ML

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

236,639 ML

water assets at 30 June 2018

42,367 ML less than last year

Outlook

Decrease

in storage expected during the 2018–19 year