South Australian farmers used more water for the 2012-13 period compared to the previous 12 months. South Australian farmers used 842,883.6 ML of water or 17% (122,470 ML) more water for the 2012-13 period compared to the 2011-12 period. In South Australia there was an increase of 143% of water taken from irrigation channels at 72,900 ML, which accounted for a large part of the 122,470 ML (17%) increase.
South Australian farmer’s water consumption was the fourth highest in the nation with the other states NSW, Vic and QLD ranked first to third. The percentage increases of these three states were Vic 44%, NSW 39% and QLD 24%. South Australian farmers in 2012-13 appear to have held back on their water consumption only increasing it by 17% compared to an increase of 32% for the national average. Source ABS 4618.0 – Water Use on Australian Farms, 2012-13.