In 2012, 372,000 megalitres of water was used nationally to irrigate vineyards, an 11% fall since the 2010 season due to increased soil moisture due to higher rainfall in the previous two seasons. The principal source used was water taken from rivers, creeks and lakes, accounting for 154,000 megalitres.
Vineyards in South Australia accounted for 45% (or 168,000 megalitres) of total water use, followed by New South Wales with 33% (or 122,000 megalitres) and Victoria with 19% or 72,000 megalitres.
Watering by drip or micro spray remained the most popular method with 120,000 hectares of vineyards watered this way nationally, a fall of 5% since the 2010 season.
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Source(s): Vineyards, Australia 2011-12
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