Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) customers with unused water in their allocation accounts have less than two weeks to ensure their accounts are set up to carry over water to next season.
GMW records show many customers have unused allocation which is at risk of being written off on Wednesday, 30 June 2021.
There are several options available to customers for managing unused water.
One of those is carryover – a process where customers are able to keep some or all of their unused water allocation and take it into the next irrigation season.
Acting GMW Water Delivery Services general manager Peter Clydesdale said carryover water meant unused allocation was available to use or trade without the need to purchase and secure access to water at the start of the season.
“Carryover is available to water entitlement holders in the Broken, Bullarook, Campaspe, Goulburn, Loddon and Murray systems. So if customers have unused water they wish to carryover, it’s important to link their allocation account to a water share, limited term transfer of a water share, or supply by agreement before 30 June 2021,” he said.
Customers may also sell unused water by finding a buyer or using a broker to find one – online trades must be submitted by 5pm 30 June 2021.
Relinquishing water is another option, returning unused allocation to the consumptive pool. Applications to relinquish water must be submitted to GMW by 24 June 2021 or 5pm 30 June 2021 if made online.