The final round of regional reports on the National Water Account 2012 has been published by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The reports cover the Adelaide, Daly and Murray-Darling Basin regions and are part of Australia’s most comprehensive water information resource.
They provide a picture of water resources management for the previous financial year for a selection of nine nationally significant water use regions across Australia.
By compiling and standardising the best available information so that it is nationally consistent, the National Water Account enables greater comparability of water resources and their management across regions. This insight informs policy, planning and decision-making by Governments and industry.
The 2012 Account marks the third National Water Account published by the Bureau under the Water Act 2007.
A new summary report has been added to this year’s account highlighting broad trends and findings across the nine reporting regions and including a selection of regional information. This will become a new annual edition to the National Water Account.
New regional summaries have also been added this year to provide a snapshot of each region, including its climate, surface water storage, urban water supply and irrigation supply for the year.
The Daly Region in the Northern Territory is also a new addition. It is an important area under considerable developmental pressure whilst having significant environmental and cultural water values.
For more information and to view all published accounts visit www.bom.gov.au/water/nwa.
Edition 380, 24 September 2013