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National Water Account 2019

South East Queensland: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

as at 30 June 2019

  • Water availability in the South East Queensland region decreased during 2018–19.
  • Water availability is represented by the net water assets, which are the volume of water assets 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 1,661,5282,128,2252,033,8122,213,3372,564,3452,320,939
Storages 1,658,7892,126,9752,032,2732,213,3372,564,3452,320,939
Rivers 2,7391,2501,539
Lakes and wetlands –
Groundwater 11,11511,11511,11511,11511,1159,340
Water table aquifer 11,11511,11511,11511,11511,1159,340
Underlying aquifers –
Urban water system 00000**0
Claims: surface water* 000000
Total water assets 1,672,6432,139,3402,044,9272,224,4522,575,4602,330,279
Water liabilities
Surface water liability 000000
Allocation remaining: individual users 000000
Allocation remaining: urban system* 000000
Groundwater liability 000000
Allocation remaining: individual users 000000
Total water liabilities 000000
Net water assets
Net surface water assets 1,661,5282,128,2252,033,8122,213,3372,564,3452,320,939
Opening net surface water assets 2,128,2252,033,8122,213,3372,564,3452,320,9392,541,495
Change in net surface water assets (466,697)94,413(179,525)(351,008)243,406(220,556)
Closing net surface water assets 1,661,5282,128,2252,033,8122,213,3372,564,3452,320,939
Net groundwater assets 11,11511,11511,11511,11511,1159,340
Opening net groundwater assets 11,11511,11511,11511,1159,3409,340
Change in net groundwater assets 00001,7750
Closing net groundwater assets 11,11511,11511,11511,11511,1159,340
Net urban water assets 00000**0
Opening net urban water assets 00000**0
Change in net urban water assets 00000**0
Closing net urban water assets 00000**0
Total closing net water assets 1,672,6432,139,3402,044,9272,224,4522,575,4602,330,279


* between-store flows and claims

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