Simon Corbell is celebrating what he sees as a big win for Canberra’s water security under yesterday’s Murray Darling Basin Plan:
“The final plan shows that Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDL’s) will not be reduced from 40.5GL to 29GL as was proposed in an earlier draft plan, and this means that Canberrans will continue to enjoy water security now and into the future.
“It is pleasing to see that the final plan also adequately balances issues of environmental protection with the needs of communities along rivers and lakes in the basin.”
SDLs represent the amount of water which can be used for consumption after the environmental requirements have been met. The primary objective, supported by the ACT Government, is to return water to the environment by setting SDLs to ensure the sustainability of the Basin.
“Canberra will continue to see population growth and the decision to leave the ACT’s SDL unchanged means that we as a community will be able to continue to meet current water demand as well as into the short and medium future,” Mr Corbell said.