Tatiara Water Allocation Plan

A Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the Tatiara Prescribed Wells Area was adopted on 7 June 2010.
The current version is available for download here.

Amendments:

  • This WAP was amended on 3 July 2012 to incorporate recent advice on the limits to allocations in the management areas of Tatiara, Zone 8A and Shaugh, located in the designated area (commonly known as the border zone).
  • The WAP was amended again on 8 December 2014. The Target Management Levels were changed from 7280 ML/Yr to 8036 ML/Yr in the Tatiara Management Area. The exact changes are outlined below and a pdf version is available for print.
  • The Tatiara WAP was amended again on 1 December 2015 to modify rules for the transfer of water allocations in management areas where reductions have occurred. 
    The rule provides for licensees, in areas that have been subject to reductions, to transfer water from within the same management area to their license in order to use it on their property. This transfer does not require a hydrological assessment. The volume transferred cannot exceed a volume equal to 75% of the reduction undergone by the licensee’s allocation to date.
    Contact Natural Resources South East on 87351147 to speak with the water licensing staff for more information.

    Please see the amendments made to the WAP below:

Amendments made by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on 1 December 2015

The Minister made an amendment to the Water Allocation Plan for the Tatiara Prescribed Wells Area on 1 December 2015 under section 89(2)(a)(i) of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, to address an unfair assumption or position contained or reflected in the Plan, as follows:

 

Page of Plan as amended

on 8 December 2014

Reads

Amended to

Page 53, principle 118

Transfers in management areas subject to allocation reductions

The Minister will not consider any application under principle 115 made after 30 June 2013.

Principle 118 deleted. Now reads “DELETED - by s89(2) amendment dated 1 December 2015”.

 

 

Amendments made by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on 8 December 2014

The following amendments were made to the Water Allocation Plan for the Tatiara Prescribed Wells Area on 8 December 2014, by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation under section 89(2)(a) of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, to address an unfair, inappropriate or unsustainable assumption or position contained or reflected in the Plan, or a matter that is, or that is based on a mistake of fact, as follows:

Page of Tatiara WAP as amended on on 3 July 2012

Reads

Amended to

Page 25

a)      in the Tatiara management area (where resource condition triggers had not been exceeded as at December 2006) and having regard to the total allocation as at the date of amendment of this Plan, the fact that resource condition triggers are not being exceeded, and the restrictions to renewal of expiring allocations imposed by the Border Groundwaters Agreement – the level of volumetric allocation (excluding delivery supplements) as at the date of amendment of this Plan (3 July 2012) plus stock and domestic water requirements.

a)       in the Tatiara management area (where resource condition triggers had not been exceeded as at December 2006) the average between the indicative level of allocation (with the exception of water assumed to return to the resource) following volumetric conversion and TAR.

Page 26, Table 4.5

TML (ML/year) for Tatiara 7,280

8,036

Page 81, Table 4, Column G

TML(e) (ML/year) in the Designated Area for Tatiara 7,280

8,036

Page 81, Table 4, Footnote 5

The TML in the Shaugh management area is a level that is considered to be appropriate having regard to the TAR and to the nature of the resource in the Shaugh management area plus stock and domestic water requirements. The TML in the Tatiara management area is set at a level of existing volumetric allocations (with the exclusion of delivery supplements) as at the date of adoption of amendments to this Plan (3 July 2012) plus stock and domestic requirements. . The TML in the Zone 8A management area is the indicative level of allocation immediately following volumetric conversion of allocations plus stock and domestic requirements, which is considered to be within sustainable limits.

The TML in the Shaugh management area is a level that is considered to be appropriate having regard to the TAR and to the nature of the resource in the Shaugh management area plus stock and domestic water requirements. The TML in the Tatiara management area is set at the average between the indicative level of allocation (with the exception of water assumed to return to the resource) following volumetric conversion and TAR (total available recharge). The TML in the Zone 8A management area is the indicative level of allocation immediately following volumetric conversion of allocations plus stock and domestic requirements, which is considered to be within sustainable limits.

The WAP aims to:

  • protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users.

The Tatiara WAP is a community based solution using the best available science and research. The new plan includes:

  • policy for the volumetric conversion of existing area-based (haIE) allocations and the recalculation, where eligible, of existing volumetric licences
  • a method to reduce volumetric allocations where required
  • new and more flexible water trading rules
  • policy to protect groundwater dependent ecosystems
  • the ability to adjust water allocations if the volume of available groundwater changes as a result of scientific review and/or policy changes during the life of the plan.

Find out more information about what a WAP is and why they are important.

Find out about permits and licences relating to this WAP

 View the previous WAP for the Tatiara Prescribed Wells Area (2001).