National Water Account 2013 shows increased pressure on water resources
source: Bureau of Meteorology
Drier conditions in 2012–13 contributed to reduced inflows to water storages and higher water use across much of Australia, according to today’s final National Water Account 2013 release.
Total water use across the nine nationally significant water management regions covered in the account increased by 35 per cent from 2011–12.
The Bureau’s National Water Account 2013 Summary shows that surface water storage volumes fell from 93 per cent of capacity at the start of the year, to 75 per cent at the end.
The final two regional reports also released today provide a detailed picture of water resources management at a local level.
The Murray–Darling Basin report shows that the region experienced below-average rainfall and decreased storage inflows, with storage volumes falling from 91 per cent capacity at the start of the year to 69 per cent at the end.
In contrast, the South East Queensland report shows that above-average rainfall in the region led to increased inflows to storages, ending the year with surface water storages at or near capacity.
The National Water Account is Australia’s most comprehensive water information report. It provides extensive quantitative and qualitative information and reports annually on water availability and use.
The nine key regions covered in the account are home to about 80 per cent of Australia’s population and represent 70–80 per cent of water use.
This is the first time that the National Water Account has been completed within one year of the end of the reporting period, enhancing its relevance and usability.
Access the National Water Account 2013
View the National Water Account 2013 Summary