THERE has been a small sliver of good news for the MIA's irrigators, with general security allocations increasing from zero to three per cent.
The announcement was made on Thursday and, while it isn't much for growers, it is better than nothing.
Inflows in the last fortnight, together with reduced river losses, were the main contributor to this increase in water allocations.
However, flows into the main storages are still well below the long-term average for this time of year.
The next year's high priority needs have been met unless future inflows are less than those assumed in this assessment.
The Murrumbidgee Valley regulated river water source has improved to stage one drought criticality, meaning all allocated water can now be delivered under normal regulated river operations.
Despite the small improvements, drought conditions continue to threaten.
The Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook for August to October, issued on 25 July, indicates the Murrumbidgee catchment is likely to experience drier than average conditions.