Good spring rains, healthy supplies in storages and historic trends suggest many water users now have choices to make as the end of the 2016-17 season nears.
For Goulburn-Murray Water customers who won’t use their allocation by June 30, it is important they know and understand options for unused water or risk their unused allocation being written-off.
First, customers may sell unused water.
‘‘You can find a buyer yourself, or use a water broker or solicitor to find one for you,’’ G-MW managing director Pat Lennon said.
‘‘We provide application forms and information on end-of-season water trading on our website.’’
Trade applications must be lodged with G-MW by June 27, or June 30 if the application is made through the online trading portal.
‘‘You may have the option of keeping some or all of your unused water allocation from this irrigation season and taking it into the next season, subject to rules, where it can be used or traded as normal. This is termed carryover,’’ Mr Lennon said.
‘‘Carryover is based on the trading zone you are in and the rules that apply to that zone.
‘‘Finally, if you do not wish to use, sell or carryover your unused water, you can apply to relinquish your allocation. There is no charge to relinquish water.’’
To relinquish water, applications must be lodged with G-MW by June 27, or June 30 if the application is made online.
●For more information about carryover, using, selling or relinquishing allocations, go to: www.gmwater.com.au/endofseason or phone G-MW’s Customer Service Centre on 1800 013 357.
The Victorian Water Register website at: www.waterregister.vic.gov.au has a carryover calculator to help customers understand how the carryover rules apply to their system.