Rain pushes up seasonal determinations

A big jump in seasonal determinations, on the back of good rain

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MORE WATER: Seasonal determinations have jumped again, after good falls in the catchments.

MORE WATER: Seasonal determinations have jumped again, after good falls in the catchments.

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Gouburn and Loddon systems approaching 100 per cent of seasonal determinations.

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There's been a signficant jump in seasonal irrigation determinations, on the back of good rain, in northern Victoria.

The Murray system moves from 55 per cent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) to 77pc. The Goulburn and Loddon systems increase from 77pc HRWS to 93pc HRWS.

Seasonal determinations in the Campaspe system remain at 100pc HRWS.

The Broken and Bullarook systems are unchanged at 100pc HRWS and 100pc of low-reliability water shares (LRWS).

Northern Victoria Resource manager Mark Bailey said rainfall since the last seasonal determination update had produced another large increase in water availability in the Murray and Goulburn systems.

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"The announced improvements are the benefits from rain in consecutive weeks," Dr Bailey said.

"Higher streamflows increased the volumes in the major storages and the amount estimated to flow into the storages over the next few weeks."

Dr Bailey said the latest Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook favours above-average rainfall across the catchment areas for the three month period from November to January.

"The Bureau says La Nina conditions continue in the tropical Pacific Ocean and could last until the end of summer. La Nina events may support above-average rainfall across southeast Australia through spring and early summer."

Dartmouth Dam is currently standing at 60.3 pc capacity, or 2,325,445 megalitres, while the Hume is at 80.84pc, or 2,429,322ML.

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