The water levy working for you

The NRM water levy directly funds water planning and management activities in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region. This work is vital to ensuring the long-term sustainability of water resources for all users in the region, and the long term sustainability of industries from fruit, vegetable and wine production to grazing.

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board collects a water levy from water users in the Barossa, Northern Adelaide Plains, McLaren Vale and Western Mt Lofty Ranges prescribed water resources areas.

The NRM water levy in these areas is based on charges for water allocation.

  • NRM water levy collected in 2016-17 was $733,331, which excludes water levy raised for metropolitan water supply
  • 4425 water licence holders
  • Prescribed area is 4193.2 square kilometres

Your NRM water levy in action

Funds from the levy support activities including:

  • pilot project to demonstrate how low flows can be secured across the Carrickalinga catchment
  • groundwater salinity testing in McLaren Vale and Barossa helps track water quality for local water licence holders
  • groundwater modeling for Barossa and Adelaide Plains to improve understanding of local groundwater systems
  • traditional Owners involved in latest Barossa water allocation planning process
  • water resource information translated into community languages for Northern Adelaide Plains growers
  • ongoing liaison with community and industry to ensure water users’ views influence decision making
  • 44 surface water monitoring sites maintained across the region to collect water flow and quality data
  • with SA Water, co-fund hydrological modeling of our water supply catchments.
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges