NRM water levy
What is the NRM water levy?
Managing and protecting the region’s water resources requires the development and implementation of water allocation plans (WAP) and the monitoring of these water resources.
To fund these activities, the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 allows for the collection of an NRM water levy from licensed users of surface and ground water resources.
NRM water levies are generally introduced following the adoption of a water allocation plan for a prescribed area.
The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board collects a water levy from licensed water users in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges (except for licensed stock and domestic dams), Barossa, McLaren Vale and Northern Adelaide Plains prescribed areas.
Water management and planning activities for the entire region are funded through this levy support.
The NRM water levy in these areas is based on the water allocation, at a rate of 0.6c per kilolitre ($6 per megalitre). All licensed water users in the AMLR’s four prescribed areas pay the same NRM water levy, contributing to and sharing the responsibility for funding water management across the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region.