Murray River irrigators are now set to receive at least 22 per cent of their entitlements from July thanks to recent rainfall in the catchment.
That is an 8 per cent increase on the worst case scenario that was presented by the State Government last month.
Some farmers are concerned 22 per cent does not even come close to what is required to crow crops, and has warned consumers they may be affected at supermarket checkouts this year.
Department for Environment and Water River Murray Water Operations Manager Jarrod Eaton said that the change to the minimum opening allocation is based on advice from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and reflects recent rainfall and updated water availability conditions.
“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,” said Mr Eaton.
“Despite the minimum 22 per cent opening allocation, significant improvements across 2019-20 remain likely. Most inflows to the River Murray system historically occur between July and November, so the main rainfall and inflow season is yet to arrive.
There will be another update on June 16.
Drop In Session for Irrigators
On Wednesday 22 May there will be a session for anyone who needs clarification on water entitlements.
It is at Murray Bridge Golf Club between 9am and 12pm and bookings are not required.