National Water Account 2019

Fitzroy: Key findings

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

  • Below-average annual rainfall contributed to low streamflow across the region.
  • End of year storage dropped by 18% from last year, the second successive annual drop in storage.
  • Storages during the year were at the region's lowest levels since 2007.

Climate and water


Rainfall icon

460 mm

below the average of 659 mm


Streamflow icon

below average

for most of the year


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29% full


18% less than last year

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Fitzroy region. A total of 427 GL of water was used in the region in 2018–19. Surface water made up 74% of total water use; groundwater made up 26% of the use.

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Fitzroy region. A total of 427 GL of water was supplied to users in 2018–19. 63% of total water supply was for the irrigation scheme; 35% was for individual users; and 2% was for the urban system.

* Includes non-allocated water use

Water status


394 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

498 GL

water assets at 30 June 2019

115 GL less than last year



in storage expected during the 2019–20 year