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Published: 05 December 2019   •   Media release

Weather conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin remained hot and mostly dry this past fortnight, triggering water quality concerns in many parts of the Basin.

In releasing the latest drought update, MDBA Chief Executive, Phillip Glyde, said while recent rain in the northern Basin was welcomed much more is needed to have any significant impact on water storage levels.

"We saw no rain in the southern Basin this fortnight and higher than average temperatures are cause for concern as we brace for a dry summer," Mr Glyde said.

"Although northern catchments got some significant rainfall during November, dry soils and high temperatures mean that very little rain made its way into our rivers or storages.

"Realistically, we will need to see significant rainfall over several months to improve overall Basin storage levels which have again fallen.

"We're monitoring water quality continuously and want to also advise communities that areas of the Basin are on high alert for blue-green algae outbreaks."

In New South Wales those areas are Lake Wyangan at Griffith, Lake Wetherell in the Menindee lakes, Lake Burrendong in the central west and Commissioner's waters east of Armidale. In Victoria, Tullaroop Reservoir remains on red alert.

To counter some of the pressures on New South Wales, the NSW Government has fast tracked some water infrastructure projects and approved the delivery of emergency water supplies to some communities experiencing critical shortages.

The MDBA will continue to work with state governments to manage water quality risks throughout the drought.

To read the drought update visit the MDBA website.


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