Lachlan Valley account reset rulesDate: 2016 08 31
DPI Water today advised Lachlan Valley water users that another reset of general security and conveyance account water, as occurred on 5 August, will not take place for at least another six months.
Manager Surface Water Assessment, Brian Graham, said there was a need to clarify the reset provisions to assist users with forward planning and to reduce uncertainty around the purchase of account water.
“Valley-wide resources will continue to be assessed on a monthly basis and, if conditions allow, new general security allocations will be made,” Mr Graham said.
“However, the account reset trigger will not be set again for six months, until at least 5 February 2017.”
Mr Graham said Lachlan Valley Water and WaterNSW have reviewed and support this approach.
“The water sharing plan requires the withdrawal of all water in general security accounts, spillable high security sub-accounts and conveyance accounts, whenever regulated river storages are effectively full.
“This occurs if Wyangala Dam physically spills or precautionary airspace releases are necessary for flood mitigation purposes, and both Lake Brewster and Lake Cargelligo are full or expected to fill from flows in transit.
“Immediately following this withdrawal of account water, a reset is made to general security and conveyance licence categories. This is based on current water availability and a return to assumed dry conditions.
“Multiple account resets in a single water year are allowed under the water sharing plan; however, the plan does not specify the frequency of subsequent resets.
“This approach effectively limits the number of resets within a water year to two and gives some certainty, especially for water users purchasing account water that could be lost in a reset,” said Mr Graham.
This rule and others will be reviewed more broadly during the water resource plan process. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide specific feedback at that time.
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