Ord: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2020–30 June 2021

  • Total annual rainfall was above average following a very dry 24-month period
  • End-of-year storage increased to reach 76% full compared to 40% full last year
  • Water taken for consumptive use was 279 GL, 12% less than last year

Climate and water


Rainfall icon

927 mm

above the average of 683 mm


Streamflow icon

above average

inflows into Lake Argyle


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76% full


88% more than last year

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Ord region. A total of 279 GL of water was used in the region in 2020–21. Surface water made up 97% of total water sourced. Groundwater made up 3% of the water sourced.

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Ord region. A total of 279 GL of water was supplied to users in 2020–21. 89% of total water supply was for the irrigation scheme. 11% was for individual users and <1% was for the urban system.

Water status


457 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water availability

9,687 GL

surface water available in 2020–21


34% less than average



in storage expected during the 2021–22 year