About the water levy

About the water levy 

Anyone who has a water management authorisation including a water licence or a water access entitlement contributes to the water levy.

How is the water levy collected?

The water levy is collected by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and provided to the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.

Anyone who has a water management authorisation (water licence or water access entitlement) is invoiced annually in July by DEW.

How is the water levy calculated?

Water licence holders contribute to the water levy by paying a minimum annual water levy of $200 or a levy based on the number of entitlement shares or allocation volume held on their water licence at 1 July each year, whichever is the greater. 

The applicable rates are provided in the below table (correct as at 1 July 2020). 

 Prescribed resource 2020-21 rate 
   Rate $ML
River Murray - Metropolitan Adelaide Consumptive Pool
(Class 6)
 20.98
River Murray - All Purpose Consumptive Pool (Class 2)  20.98
River Murray - All Purpose Consumptive Pool (Class 3(3a, 4, 5,7))  6.75
River Murray - All Purpose Consumptive Pool (Class 3(3b))   6.42
 Mallee – reticulated   20.98
 Mallee  6.75
 Peake, Sherlock & Roby   6.75
 Marne Saunders   6.75
 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges   6.75