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)

Valley

High Security

General security

Supplementary allocation

Unregulated

Total

Gwydir

1,249.0

17,092

3,140.5

-

21,481.5

Macquarie

-

48,419

1,451.5

2,916

52,786.5

Lachlan

1,795.0

37,595

-

-

39,390.0

Murrumbidgee

-

31,424

154,787.0

9,948

196,159.0

Murray

2,027.0

30,157

-

-

32,184.0

Barwon - Darling

-

-

-

1,728

1,728.0

Subtotal
(OEH only)

5,071.0

164,687

159,379.0

14,592

 343,729.0

The Living Murray (TLM)

5,623.5

187,938

350,000.0

12,965

556,526.5

Total

10,694.5

352,625

509,379.0

27,557

900,255.5

 

Notes

  • These figures have been rounded up, and OEH considers them to be accurate at the time of printing.
  • This table is an operational record, so some minor adjustments may need to be incorporated when the data is verified by audit.
  • 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)