National Water Account 2020

Daly: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2019–30 June 2020

  • Total annual rainfall was below average and the lowest in more than 50 years.
  • The dry conditions resulted in an annual drop in aquifer storage for the third consecutive year.
  • Water use was 62 GL, more than 30% higher than last year, reflecting the dry conditions.

Climate and water


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714 mm

below the average of 1,034 mm


Streamflow icon

below average

for entire wet season

Aquifer storage

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491 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 2019–20. 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 2019–20. 95% of total water supply was for individual users and 5% was for the urban system.

Water status


156 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

496 GL

decrease in water assets during the 2019–20 year



in storage expected during the 2020–21 year