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Water trading is buying, selling or exchanging rights to water. The VEWH trades water allocations to ensure water for the environment is available when and where it is most needed to improve the health of Victoria's waterways.
The VEWH plans for drought, dry, average and wet scenarios, and is constantly assessing environmental water demand and supply to adapt its water use, carryover and trade to seasonal conditions. Trade and carryover are critical tools to help the VEWH manage variable water availability across years.
The VEWH publicly communicates its trade intentions at the start of each water year through an annual Water Allocation Trading Strategy. This strategy covers the trading activity that VEWH may undertake in each region, depending on priority environmental demands, climatic conditions and other factors.