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Water recovery in the southern Basin

As part of the Basin Plan Evaluation, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) analysed water recovery in 40 communities across the southern Basin—water recovery information is available in the interactive online map below.  

The Evaluation considered how water recovery has affected the social and economic outcomes in the southern Basin and its communities. This underpinning data includes completed water recovery to 31 October 2016. The community profiles provide more information about the social and economic effects for each community.

Water has been recovered in the southern Basin through either water purchase or on and off farm infrastructure efficiency programs.

On-farm infrastructure efficiency programs allow a portion of the water saved to remain with the irrigator, and the remainder is transferred to the Commonwealth and counts toward the Basin Plan's water recovery target.

Southern Basin summary

The map displays the data specific to 40 southern Basin communities as at 31 October 2016.

Overall, the environmental water recovery in 40 southern basin communities is comprised of:

  • 156.3GL – recovered through infrastructure efficiency programs
  • 877.5 GL – recovered through water purchase

Total recovery in the 40 communities: 1033.9 GL (infrastructure and purchase)

Net reduction to water availability in the 40 communities: 810GL (purchase minus water savings retained on-farm of 67 GL)
Overall, water recovery in these communities represent 89 % of the total recovered from irrigators in the southern basin (which includes the Lachlan for the purpose of this analysis).

Using the map

Hover on a community and four pieces of data will appear – these data are specifically about that community.

The data includes:

  • total water recovered
  • water recovered through purchase
  • water recovered through infrastructure investments
  • net impact (reduction) on water available for production.

All figures are as at 31 October 2016.

Water recovery in the northern Basin

Water recovery in the northern Basin was analysed as part of the Northern Basin Review conducted by the MDBA, which concluded in 2016.

More information

Benerembah

Amount recovered: 25.0 GL

Recovered by purchase: 16.6 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 8.4 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 13.0 GL

Tabbita

Amount recovered: 0.4 GL

Recovered by purchase: 0.4 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.0 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 0.4 GL

Tabbita

Amount recovered: 0.4 GL

Recovered by purchase: 0.4 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.0 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 0.4 GL

Cullulleraine

Amount recovered: 2.4 GL

Recovered by purchase: 2.3 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 2.3 GL

Waikerie

Amount recovered: 20.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 16.4 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 14.6 GL

Blanchetown

Amount recovered: 0.5 GL

Recovered by purchase: 0.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.0 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 0.5 GL

Morgan

Amount recovered: 2.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 1.7 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.4 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 1.5 GL

Cobdogla-Barmera

Amount recovered: 22.0 GL

Recovered by purchase: 17.6 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.4 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 15.7 GL

Swan Hill

Amount recovered: 20.0 GL

Recovered by purchase: 17.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 2.6 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 16.4 GL

Swan Reach

Amount recovered: 4.3 GL

Recovered by purchase: 4.1 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 4.1 GL

Mannum

Amount recovered: 4.6 GL

Recovered by purchase: 4.2 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.4 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 4.0 GL

Pyramid Hill-Boort

Amount recovered: 40.8 GL

Recovered by purchase: 36.8 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 35.0 GL

Shepparton

Amount recovered: 30.8 GL

Recovered by purchase: 27.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 3.3 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 26.1 GL

Hay

Amount recovered: 70.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 54.3 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 16.4 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 47.2 GL

Wah Wah

Amount recovered: 9.8 GL

Recovered by purchase: 8.8 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 1.0 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 8.4 GL

Hillston

Amount recovered: 31.3 GL

Recovered by purchase: 30.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 30.2 GL

Yanco

Amount recovered: 17.5 GL

Recovered by purchase: 12.7 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 10.6 GL

Mirrool

Amount recovered: 18.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 14.0 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 12.2 GL

Coleambally

Amount recovered: 25.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 14.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 10.6 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 9.9 GL

Benerembah

Amount recovered: 25.0 GL

Recovered by purchase: 16.6 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 8.4 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 13.0 GL

Berrigan-Finley

Amount recovered: 64.3 GL

Recovered by purchase: 41.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 22.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 31.7 GL

Kyabram-Tatura

Amount recovered: 82.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 75.0 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 7.7 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 71.7 GL

Lower Lakes

Amount recovered: 4.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 4.1 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.5 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 3.9 GL

Rochester

Amount recovered: 51.0 GL

Recovered by purchase: 43.7 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 7.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 40.6 GL

West Berriquin

Amount recovered: 31.9 GL

Recovered by purchase: 24.1 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 7.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 20.7 GL

Deniboota

Amount recovered: 49.5 GL

Recovered by purchase: 44.2 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 5.3 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 41.9 GL

Coomealla

Amount recovered: 6.5 GL

Recovered by purchase: 6.3 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 6.2 GL

Denimein

Amount recovered: 16.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 11.2 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.9 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 9.1 GL

Coleambally

Amount recovered: 25.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 14.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 10.6 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 9.9 GL

Berrigan-Finley

Amount recovered: 64.3 GL

Recovered by purchase: 41.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 22.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 31.7 GL

Cullulleraine

Amount recovered: 2.4 GL

Recovered by purchase: 2.3 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 2.3 GL

Tailem Bend

Amount recovered: 1.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 1.7 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.0 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 1.7 GL

Murray Bridge

Amount recovered: 5.5 GL

Recovered by purchase: 4.4 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 1.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 3.9 GL

Robinvale

Amount recovered: 44.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 43.1 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 1.6 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 42.4 GL

Wakool

Amount recovered: 97.9 GL

Recovered by purchase: 91.0 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 6.9 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 88.0 GL

Renmark

Amount recovered: 27.8 GL

Recovered by purchase: 22.7 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 5.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 20.5 GL

Mildura

Amount recovered: 11.0 GL

Recovered by purchase: 10.9 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 10.8 GL

Berri

Amount recovered: 12.9 GL

Recovered by purchase: 10.6 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 2.3 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 9.6 GL

Cobram

Amount recovered: 70.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 61.3 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 8.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 57.5 GL

Colignan

Amount recovered: 10.7 GL

Recovered by purchase: 10.5 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 10.4 GL

Wentworth

Amount recovered: 4.1 GL

Recovered by purchase: 3.9 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.2 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 3.9 GL

Loxton

Amount recovered: 14.2 GL

Recovered by purchase: 11.6 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 2.6 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 10.5 GL

Kerang-Cohuna

Amount recovered: 64.6 GL

Recovered by purchase: 59.8 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 4.8 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 57.8 GL

Merbein

Amount recovered: 6.2 GL

Recovered by purchase: 6.1 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 6.1 GL

Red Cliffs

Amount recovered: 9.4 GL

Recovered by purchase: 9.3 GL

Recovered by infrastructure: 0.1 GL

Net reduction of water available for production: 9.2 GL