The Barossa water management area is located to the north of the Mount Lofty Ranges and includes the towns of Tanunda, Nurioopta and Angaston with a total population of about 30,000. It is one of the smaller water management areas, covering approximately 529 km2; however, it is home to extensive vineyards, fruit, vegetables and poultry with a total value of $130 million (http://www.southaustralia.biz/sa_regions/barossa.htm).
Drainage is via the North Para River and there are no major surface water storages in the WMA. Water is sourced from a combination of surface water extraction, groundwater use and the Barossa Infrastructure Ltd. (BIL). BIL is a private company that uses SA Water infrastructure to transport water from the River Murray to supplement water supplies in the WMA (http://www.sawater.com.au/SAWater/AboutUs/AboutSAWater/Irrigation+Services.htm).
Water is managed by the South Australian Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation with bulk water supplied by SA Water.
Figure 1 Barossa water management area locality map
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