Nominations are now open for the Rural Water Awards
Entries are now open for the 2016 Rural Water Awards, designed to recognise and reward Victorian rural water licence holders who are doing great things with water. The awards aim to recognise licence holders who have used new or innovative water technology, introduced projects to bring about water savings, or increased their productivity through changed water practices. To view full press release click here
. Further information on the awards is available here
Opening Allocation and Outlook for 2016/17
The Resource Manager for northern Victoria today announced the first 2016/17 seasonal determination, an updated outlook, and the first risk of spill assessments for the new water year.
The Murray system starts 2016/17 with a seasonal determination of one per cent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) and the Goulburn system starts with eight per cent HRWS.
Blue Green Algae - Red alert lifted Merbein to Lock 9
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The Blue Green Algae Red Alert from Merbein to Lock 9 has now been lifted. All areas of the Murray River have now been declared clear and will return to normal operation with no restrictions imposed on recreational use. For more information visit our BGA update page
Pricing Announcements for Urban and Rural Customers
Our Managing Director, Phil Endley, has today advised there will be minimal tariff increases for our rural and urban customers in the 2016/17 season. "We can today announce that the Board of Lower Murray Water has approved a tariff increase of 1.81%, on average, for rural customers. This is much lower than our scheduled price increase approved by the Essential Services Commission and set out in our Water Plan (2013-2018).
We have identified a number of cost saving initiatives which have been passed onto customers.
For our urban customers there will be a minor increase, with tariffs rising less than 1% for the average user. This is due to higher than expected income in the past season from urban water use which has allowed us to keep tariffs low in this coming season." Full details are available here.