Hello and welcome to this week’s River Ops update.
It happens to be National Water Week – so we hope you’ve charged your glasses!
To celebrate, we introduced a robot to students from different parts of the Basin and took them on a tour at the National Museum of Australia - while the students were still in their classrooms.
The robot gave students an interactive, customised tour of exhibits about the Basin, from the variability of water over 300,000 years, to water quality and its role in where people settle and what they do for work.
The main points this week are
- system inflows for October are tracking well below average
- releases from Hume Reservoir increased to meet downstream demands
- the pulse of environmental water enters the River Murray from the Goulburn.
MDBA total storage decreased by 107 GL this week, with the active storage now 6,254 GL (74% capacity). Inflows to the Murray system so far in October continue to track well below the long-term average (see graph on page six of this report).
At Dartmouth Reservoir, the storage volume decreased 24 GL to 3,575 GL (93% capacity). The release is steady at 5,500 ML/day as water is transferred downstream to Hume Reservoir.