Awash with water

SOUTHERN Rural Water has announced an opening allocation of 90 per cent of high reliability water share for the 2012-13 season.

This allocation is for customers in the Macalister Irrigation District and for diverters on the Thomson and Macalister rivers and Rainbow Creek.

SRW acting water east water supply manager Gavin Prior said recent rainfall and current storage volume resulted in another good start to an irrigation season.

“Lake Glenmaggie is effectively spilling,” he said.

“As a result, spill entitlement is currently available for diverters on the Thomson and Macalister rivers and Rainbow Creek.”

While customers in the Macalister Irrigation District cannot use their allocation on farm until the start of the irrigation season on August 15, they can trade their allocation. Customers on the Thomson and Macalister rivers and Rainbow Creek can access their allocation from July 1.

The allocation for high reliability water shares will remain on 90 per cent until the end of the spilling season on December 15, when the allocation will be reviewed again.

“All water delivered from the start of the irrigation season until the end of the spilling period will be considered spill entitlement and will not be deducted from irrigators’ high reliability water shares,” Mr Prior said.

“While we hope that the spill entitlement will continue over the coming weeks, we remind irrigators that the spilling period is dependent on customer demand and further flows into the reservoir.”