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National Water Account 2020

Ord: Statement of Water Assets and Water Liabilities

as at 30 June 2020

  • Water availability in the Ord region's storages decreased during 2019–20.
  • 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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 2020 ML2019 ML2018 ML2017 ML2016 ML2015 ML
Water assets
Surface water4,399,7175,840,2888,989,81211,832,3768,072,7649,942,970
Total water assets4,399,7175,840,2888,989,81211,832,3768,072,7649,942,970
Water liabilities
Surface water liability301,492243,872311,640341,315322,027302,341
Allocation remaining: individual users10,12810,12810,26810,28214,12620,586
Allocation remaining: urban system670670670670670670
Allocation remaining: irrigation scheme290,694233,074*300,702*330,363*307,231*281,085
Groundwater liability3,4073,4073,4073,4083,4563,444
Allocation remaining: individual users1,1551,1551,1551,1561,2041,192
Allocation remaining: urban system2,2522,2522,2522,2522,2522,252
Total water liabilities304,899247,279*315,047*344,723*325,483*305,785
Net water assets
Net surface water assets4,098,2255,596,4168,678,17211,491,0617,750,7379,640,629
Opening net surface water assets5,596,4168,678,172*11,491,061*7,750,737*9,640,629*10,637,590
Change in net surface water assets(1,498,191)(3,081,756)*(2,812,889)*3,740,324*(1,889,892)*(996,961)
Closing net surface water assets4,098,2255,596,416*8,678,172*11,491,061*7,750,737*9,640,629
Net groundwater assets(3,407)(3,407)(3,407)(3,408)(3,456)(3,444)
Opening net groundwater assets(3,407)(3,407)(3,408)(3,456)(3,444)(3,472)
Change in net groundwater assets00148(12)28
Closing net groundwater assets(3,407)(3,407)(3,407)(3,408)(3,456)(3,444)
Total closing net water assets4,094,8185,593,009*8,674,765*11,487,653*7,747,281*9,637,185
Total change in net water assets(1,498,191)(3,081,756)*(2,812,888)*3,740,372*(1,889,904)*(996,933)


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

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