National Water Account 2018

Fitzroy: Key findings

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

  • Relatively poor rainfall throughout most of the wet season contributed to below-average streamflows across the region.
  • End of year surface water storage dropped to 40% full compared to 56% full last year.

Climate and water

Rainfall

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574 mm

below the average of 663 mm

Streamflow

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below average

less than last year

Storage

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40% full

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29% less than last year  

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Fitzroy region. A total of 608,602 ML of water was used in the region in 2017–18. Surface water made up 83% of total water use; groundwater made up 17% of the use.

groundwater

17%

surface water

83%

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Fitzroy region. A total of 608,602 ML of water was supplied to users in 2017–18. 65% of total water supply was for irrigation schemes; 34% was for individual users and the remaining 1% supplied the urban system.

608,602 ML

individual users

34%

urban system

1%

irrigation scheme

65%

Water status

Allocations

414 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

708 GL

water assets at 30 June 2018

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400 GL less than last year

Outlook

Decrease

in storage expected during the 2018–19 year