Water Information

The RGA provides access to the latest water information to assist growers to develop their on-farm plans so they can continue to be the most water efficient rice producers in the world.

Links to government departments involved in water issues can be found below, as well as information on storage dam levels:

Easy to access, real time information on dam levels can be found here. The Office of Water has released a mobile phone application for accessing real-time water data for New South Wales. It allows water users to instantly access information from handheld devices on stream and salinity levels for surface water, major dam levels and inflows and water table data. More information about the App can be found here.

The majority of the water used by rice growers is delivered by one of the three irrigation companies which service the rice growing areas of NSW. Links to the company websites can be found below:

Murray Irrigation Limited http://www.murrayirrigation.com.au/

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited http://www.mirrigation.com.au

Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Limited http://new.colyirr.com.au/


New Water Trading Rules

The Basin Plan water trading rules commenced on 1 July 2014. The rules aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the water market by making it easier for water market participants to trade, and ensuring they have the same rights regardless of where they are trading.

For more information, visit the MDBA website.

Trading Rules Factsheet


Determining water allocations in the regulated Murrumbidgee Valley

The NSW Office of Water (NOW) is responsible for sharing water between consumptive users and the environment throughout NSW.

While the process for determining water availability and announcing available water determinations (typically referred to as allocation) are set out in the various water sharing plans, climate variability, seasonal circumstances along with a number of operating variables can make it difficult to understand how increases in water availability are made.

This factsheet provides an overview of how water availability is determined in the Murrumbidgee Valley and how water is shared in line with the water sharing plan.


Delaying permanent water on drill sown rice

New NSW DPI factsheet (No. 1238) now available on line

Four years of research on two soil types have proven delayed permanent water to be a viable management option for drill sown rice.

Topics include:

· Irrigation frequency

· When to apply permanent water

· Irrigation layout and sowing

· Nitrogen management

· Weed control

· Chemical options to consider

· Conclusion

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or click here to view factsheet