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National Water Account 2020

Burdekin: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

as at 30 June 2020

  • Water availability in the Burdekin region's storages decreased during 2019–20.
  • 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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 2020 ML2019 ML2018 ML2017 ML2016 ML2015 ML
Water assets
Surface water1,875,5521,995,1291,890,1011,946,3981,871,3241,479,551
Water table aquifer226,345188,240168,70498,478107,71493,451
Underlying aquifers
Total water assets2,101,8972,183,3692,058,8052,044,8761,979,0381,573,002
Water liabilities
Surface water liability108,151119,81374,08460,15782043,745
Allocation remaining: individual users0001,3338203,655
Allocation remaining: urban system000000
Allocation remaining: irrigation scheme108,151119,81374,08458,824040,090
Allocation remaining: inter-region transfer000000
Groundwater liability000000
Allocation remaining: individual users000000
Allocation remaining: urban system000000
Allocation remaining: irrigation scheme000000
Total water liabilities108,151119,81374,08460,15782043,745
Net water assets
Net surface water assets1,767,4011,875,3161,816,0171,886,2411,870,5041,435,806
Opening net surface water assets1,875,3161,816,0171,886,2411,870,5041,435,8061,910,987
Change in net surface water assets(107,915)59,299(70,224)15,737434,698(475,181)
Closing net surface water assets1,767,4011,875,3161,816,0171,886,2411,870,5041,435,806
Net groundwater assets226,345188,240168,70498,478107,71493,451
Opening net groundwater assets188,240168,70498,478107,71493,45193,451
Change in net groundwater assets38,10519,53670,226(9,236)14,2630
Closing net groundwater assets226,345188,240168,70498,478107,71493,451
Total closing net water assets1,993,7462,063,5561,984,7211,984,7191,978,2181,529,257
Total change in net water assets(69,810)78,83526,501448,961(475,181)


Note: quantification approaches used to derive each item volume are provided in the Methods