That should be enough to keep the river going for the next 12 months.
"To put this in to perspective, under that scenario, it would emerge as the fifth-largest food and fibre sector."
It's a long way from the cherry orchards of the Central West to the international bargaining tables, but the two are inescapably linked.
More dams, paying farmers for their environmental stewardship, and making the nation the world number one research and development.
The first round of cheap water for southern basin irrigators will be completely delivered by the end of the month, but some say it's come too later for a summer crop.
Government documents show the original modelling didn't justify the project, so the water agencies behind the proposal "simply changed" it.
The federal Nationals says if the NSW Nats are hellbent on the idea, they could hold they're own state-based royal commission.