National Water Account 2020

Fitzroy: Key findings

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

  • Below-average wet season rainfall resulted in very low streamflows across the region.
  • Storage inflows were low for the third consecutive year.
  • Storage volumes at 30 June 2020 were 22% full, the lowest end-of-year level on record.

Climate and water


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464 mm

below the average of 676 mm


Streamflow icon

below average

for most of the year


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22% full


25% 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 2019–20. 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 2019–20. 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


324 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

378 GL

water assets at 30 June 2020

120 GL less than last year



in storage expected during the 2020–21 year