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Extreme drought was the overwhelming feature of river operations in 2006–07, with the total inflows to the Murray River system setting a new record low of 1,040 GL (excluding Snowy Mountains Scheme releases).

Under such severe drought conditions, the MDBC’s team of river operators and asset managers have focused on precisely reporting water availability, delivering available water as efficiently as possible, and preparing for the possibility that severe drought conditions may continue.

MDBC river operators have continually reassessed existing operational protocols with a view to capturing all available water, minimising system losses, maximising water-delivery efficiency, and ensuring critical urban, stock and domestic supplies in all jurisdictions.

MDBC Water Operations is able to call on the integrated knowledge within the Commission, including working with Natural Resources Management on The Living Murray Environmental Delivery and Works and Measures Program, fishway construction, interstate water trade, and the Water Accounting Project.

Throughout the year there was further investment on upgrading and reviewing Murray system assets. In addition, interstate water trade was expanded from 1 January 2007 with the introduction of a ‘tagged’ trading scheme.