Current water holdings

Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for the delivery of all water for the environment in NSW. This includes water held by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.

The table below summarises current NSW 'held' water for the environment.

Note: this does not include ‘planned’ water for the environment which is allocated under Water Sharing Plans.

Cumulative water for the environment holdings (‘held’) recovered to 30 June 2017 (megalitres)

 

NSW environmental water holdings

Total

Valley

High Security

General Security

Supplementary allocation

Unregulated

 

The Living Murray (TLM)

5,623.5

187,938

350,000

12,965

556,526.5

Gwydir

1,249.0

17,092

3,141

-

21,482

Macquarie

-

48,419

1,451

2,916

52,746

Lachlan

1,795

36,569

-

184

38,548

Murrumbidgee

-

28,508

153,766

6,162

188,436

Murray

2,027

30,000

-

-

32,027

Barwon - Darling

-

-

-

1539

1539

Subtotal

10,694.5

348,526

360,272

23,766

743,259

Note: This table is an operational record, so some minor adjustments may need to be incorporated when the data is verified by audit.

Note: The Living Murray licences are listed separately as they are held under a joint venture arrangement with parties to the Murray Darling Basin Agreement.

The NSW Government purchased water for the environment at market rates through existing water markets.  

Previous use of water for the environment

The graph below identifies the total use of water for the environment in NSW over time.

The variation in volumes is the result of drought up to 2010 followed by higher rainfall years.

Annual volume of water for the environment delivered to NSW targets from Environmental Contingency Allowances, the Living Murray Program, licences purchased by the NSW Government

Annual volumes of water delivered to NSW targets from the Living Murray Program, licences purchased by the NSW Government (NSW AEW) and licences purchased by Commonwealth Government (CEWH AEW)