National Water Account 2019

Daly: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2018–30 June 2019

  • Total annual rainfall was below average and the lowest since the 1991–92 year.
  • The poor wet season rainfall resulted in very low streamflows in the Daly River.
  • End of year groundwater levels in the Tindall Aquifer were the lowest in more than 20 years.

Climate and water


Rainfall icon

788 mm

below the average of 1,001 mm


Streamflow icon

below average

for entire wet season

Aquifer storage

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599 GL


decrease from last year

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Daly region. A total of 47,406 ML of water was used in the region in 2018–19. Groundwater made up 83% of total water use; surface water made up 17% of the use.

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Daly region. A total of 47,406 ML of water was supplied to users in 2018–19. 95% of total water supply was for individual users and 5% was for the urban system.

Water status


133 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

602 GL

decrease in water assets during the 2018–19 year



in storage expected during the 2019–20 year