Excessive Water Draw by NSW Irrigators Raises Concerns

NSW Irrigators Over-Extract Water, Igniting Regulatory Scrutiny

In a concerning environmental oversight, 6% of irrigators in New South Wales have been reported to extract water well over their legal entitlements, amounting to the staggering quantity of 16,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools in excess.

An intensive audit from the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) highlights a substantial 40,000 megalitre overdraw of water in the 2021-22 period, spotlighting the sustainability challenges within the state’s water management practices.

This revelation invites agricultural communities and policymakers to engage in urgent discussions on water conservation and responsible usage to protect regional ecosystems and water resources.

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