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National Water Account 2019

Ord: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

as at 30 June 2019

  • Water availability in the Ord region's storages decreased during 2018–19.
  • Water availability is represented by the net water assets, which are the volume of water in storages 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.


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 2019 ML2018 ML2017 ML2016 ML2015 ML2014 ML
Water assets
Surface water 5,840,2888,989,81211,832,3768,072,7649,942,97010,944,857
Storages 5,838,2148,985,34411,800,0228,057,5649,928,77010,930,057
Rivers 2,0744,46832,35415,20014,20014,800
Lakes and wetlands –
Groundwater –
Water table aquifer –
Underlying aquifers –
Total water assets 5,840,2888,989,81211,832,3768,072,7649,942,97010,944,857
Water liabilities
Surface water liability 243,872311,640341,315322,027302,341307,267
Allocation remaining: individual users 10,12810,26810,28214,12620,58622,161
Allocation remaining: urban system 670670670670670670
Allocation remaining: irrigation 233,074*300,702*330,363*307,231*281,085*284,436
Groundwater liability 3,4073,4073,4083,4563,4443,472
Allocation remaining: individual users 1,1551,1551,1561,2041,1921,220
Allocation remaining: urban system 2,2522,2522,2522,2522,2522,252
Total water liabilities 247,279315,047344,723325,483305,785310,739
Net water assets
Net surface water assets 5,596,4168,678,17211,491,0617,750,7379,640,62910,637,590
Opening net surface water assets 8,678,172*11,491,061*7,750,737*9,640,629*10,637,590*8,300,218
Change in net surface water assets (3,081,756)*(2,812,889)*3,740,324*(1,889,892)*(996,961)*2,337,372
Closing net surface water assets 5,596,416*8,678,172*11,491,061*7,750,737*9,640,629*10,637,590
Net groundwater assets (3,407)(3,407)(3,408)(3,456)(3,444)(3,472)
Opening net groundwater assets (3,407)(3,408)(3,456)(3,444)(3,472)(3,566)
Change in net groundwater assets 0148(12)2894
Closing net groundwater assets (3,407)(3,407)(3,408)(3,456)(3,444)(3,472)
Total closing net water assets 5,593,0098,674,76511,487,6537,747,2819,637,18510,634,118


* different to published volume in historical accounts (see Governance section for more information)