Clare vineyards at risk from water cost

Clare vineyards at risk from water cost

The Clare Region Wine Grapegrowers Association says growers are abandoning their vineyards because high water costs are limiting their ability to make a profit. Current peak water costs for Clare growers are nearly $3,000 per megalitre, which is nearly three times more than in the Barossa Valley. Association president John Bastian said SA Water had also increased transport charges for off-peak water by almost 20 per cent. He said most growers could not afford the rise and had few alternatives remaining, reports ABC News.

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