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River Murray water delivery shortfall risks

Water holders and communities along the River Murray should be aware that there is a risk that water cannot be delivered to users when they want it.

Water delivery shortfalls are rare but occur when available water cannot be delivered to users when they want it. For example, it could happen because demand exceeds the physical capacity of rivers and channels to carry the water, or when demands for water unexpectedly spike and there's not enough time to release additional water from dams to meet the demand.

Water holders along the River Murray, especially downstream of the Barmah Choke, need to understand the risk of water delivery shortfall and take it into account in their business planning and investment decisions.


Understanding River Murray water delivery shortfall risks
Independent Panel reports
Independent Panel for Capacity Project Review – December 2019

In 2019 the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council appointed an independent panel of experts to peer review the River Murray Capacity and Delivery Shortfall Project being conducted by the MDBA in partnership with Basin state governments. Finalised in December 2019, the review covered the project’s work program, the work done to date and the model being used, and provides a number of recommendations for further action.

Assessment report
2018–19 Water Delivery Shortfall Assessment as at February 2019