Water deal to ease concern

A BREAKTHROUGH deal for river managers to use a privately-owned irrigation canal to supply water downstream is aimed at averting a summer time crisis on the Murray River.

NSW Water Minister Niall Blair.

NSW Water Minister Niall Blair.

WaterNSW and Murray Irrigation Limited on Friday announced they had agreed to use the Mulwala canal to supply irrigation water to users along the Murray River downstream of the Barmah Choke.

The amount of water able to pass through the choke each day is restricted and booming horticulture development has sparked fears demand could one day outstrip supply during the height of summer.

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