SA Farmers will be able to plan for the season ahead sooner with the state government promising to deliver water allocations by the end of April.
Irrigators are facing reduced allocations for the first time since 2011 with inflows into the Murray at its lowest point since the millennium drought.
Water Minister Ian Hunter says it won't be a surprise for the state.
“I’m sure many South Australians are aware that the outlook for River Murray inflows in 2016-17 is still not positive, The Government wants to ensure River Murray water users are able to make early decisions and plan for what could be very dry inflows."
“As a result, opening water allocations will be based on a scenario such that only five in 100 years would be expected to have lower inflows. This scenario is conservative but consistent with storage conditions and outlook, and assumes a maximum flow of 1,310 GL by June 2017, compared to 1,850 GL in a full entitlement flow year."
Minister Hunter also says the lower allocation is a measure on just how important the Murray Darling Basin Plan is to our state.
“The forecast of dry conditions highlights the importance of the full return of 3200 gigalitres, as agreed in the Basin Plan, and I will continue to seek to ensure the commitments we have secured in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan are delivered on time, and in full.”