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River Murray system 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.

More information

This Water delivery shortfall assessment for 2018-19 document was updated on 21 February 2019 to make minor changes to improve explanatory text and clarity.