4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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Im‫age: A dam SOURCES OF AGRICULTURAL WATER

  • In 2010-11, 29% of Australia's agricultural water (2,217 gigalitres) came from irrigation channels, and 27% (2,050 gigalitres) was sourced from rivers, creeks and lakes. Around 21% of agricultural water (1,611 gigalitres) came from groundwater, whilst farm dams and tanks accounted for 18% of agricultural water (1,375 gigalitres).
  • In 2010-11, water supplied by irrigation channels was the major source of water for agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basin, accounting for 35% of agricultural water sourced in the region (1,705 gigalitres).
  • Outside the Murray-Darling Basin, groundwater was the major source of water for agriculture at 38% (1,042 gigalitres).
Graph Image for Sources of Agricultural Water

Annotation(s): MDB=Murray-Darling Basin

Source(s): Water Use on Australian Farms (cat. no. 4618.0)