Water Supply for Irrigators to Be Cut as Much as 37%, the Australian Says

Australia will cut water supply to irrigators by 27 percent to 37 percent so it can be diverted to environmental flows, the Australian newspaper said.

A Murray-Darling Basin Authority report scheduled to be released tomorrow will recommend that 3,000 to 4,000 gigaliters of water be taken away from irrigators and added to water already diverted to the environment, the paper said, citing the authority’s briefing with South Australia’s government.

The cuts have angered irrigators and farmers who fear the impact on regional Australia, the paper said.

The authority will next year settle on the final figure to apply equally to states where the Murray-Darling flows -- Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gemma Daley in Canberra at gdaley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Austin at billaustin@bloomberg.net

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