SHOW US THE WATER: Murray-Darling Basin monitoring tool
THE blame game will cease, after the Coalition government invested $5 million in a water monitoring tool.
For the first time, the public will know how much water is in the Murray-Darling Basin, where it is, where it's going and who owns it, thanks to new Bureau of Meteorology technology.
Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said the new system would mean the real-time data would be posted publicly for the first time.
"Knowledge is power and this puts it right in the hands of Basin communities,” Mr Littleproud said.
"The tool will help communities understand exactly how much water is available for irrigators, communities and the environment. More transparency on water information is key to effectively delivering the Basin Plan.
"It will hold decision- makers to account by making clear what water resources we have in each region.”
The system will be rolled out over the next three years in two phases
Phase 1: Fortnightly updates of data for water in storage on a valley scale.
Phase 2: Updated water availability data at the river reach and individual storage scale and allow the user to aggregate data to valley and Basin scale.