River Murray irrigators' opening allocations revised up to 22 per cent in worst-case scenario

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

Good news, relatively speaking: River Murray irrigators will now receive at least 22 per cent of their entitlements from July 1, rather than 14pc, the Department of Environment and Water has advised.

Water allocations are likely to improve later in the year - there is a 70pc likelihood they will reach 100 per cent at some point, pending more rainfall across the Murray-Darling Basin.

"There has been some recent rainfall and improved inflows in the upper River Murray storages, which is a positive turnaround compared to the dry and warm conditions observed in recent months," River Murray water operations manager Jarrod Eaton said.

"Most inflows to the River Murray system historically occur between July and November, so the main rainfall and inflow season is yet to arrive.

"The Bureau of Meteorology's outlook across the Murray-Darling Basin shows there is no strong indication either way towards a wetter or drier than average three months ahead."

The department will provide another update by June 15.

In the meantime, it will hold a drop-in session at Murray Bridge Golf Club between 9am and noon next Wednesday.

Staff will take questions about the current water resources outlook, private carryover, allocation projections and water licensing.

No bookings for the sessions are needed.