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Welcome to the WaterNSW newsroom, your one-stop-shop for accessing our latest media releases, community service announcements and news items.

WaterNSW’s Media team is available to assist with any enquiries. Please contact:

Tony Webber on

phone: (02) 6841 2006
mobile: 0428 613 478
email: tony.webber@waternsw.com.au

You can also access the archive of past media releases by selecting the year in the left navigation of this page.

Water trading resumes in Murray

Media release

Date published: 26 June 2017

Water trading will resume in the Murray valley from 10am tomorrow (Tuesday, 27 June).

WaterNSW Efficiency Drives Water Prices Down

Media release

Date published: 13 June 2017

Increased efficiency in WaterNSW operations has driven down bulk water costs for most customers across regional NSW.

Woronora Dam reaches full supply level for the first time since 2003

Community service announcement

Date published: 11 June 2017

The Woronora Catchment south of Sydney has received over 171mm of rain since Wednesday which has resulted in Woronora dam rising from 95% percent full at the start of the week to 100% full.

Minor Oil Spill in the Cordeaux Catchment

Community service announcement

Date published: 23 May 2017

WaterNSW is working with relevant authorities and mining companies in response to another minor catchment oil spill, the second such incident detected in recent days.

WaterNSW response to minor oil spill near Avon Dam

Community service announcement

Date published: 22 May 2017

WaterNSW has co-ordinated a multi-agency response to ensure Sydney’s drinking water was not affected by a minor recent oil spill.

Minor oil spill near Avon Dam

Community service announcement

Date published: 20 May 2017

A minor oil spill on mining land approximately 800m from Avon Dam storage

Changing river levels – Lachlan River

Media release

Date published: 21 April 2017

Releases from Wyangala Dam and Lake Brewster are changing, with some river levels and flow rates in the Lachlan river systems set to decrease, while users between Wyangala Dam and Cowra may experience an increased fluctuation of river levels of up to 0.3 m.

Pesticide use notice

Community service announcement

Date published: 20 April 2017

As required under the Pesticides Regulation 2009 Water NSW gives notice of weed and pest control work by Water NSW or approved contractors in the following locations within the Sydney drinking water declared catchment:

Berembed weir reserve shut due to illegal behaviour

Media release

Date published: 12 April 2017

WaterNSW has closed public access to Berembed weir recreational area due to concerns about illegal and anti-social behaviour taking place.

WaterNSW seeking nominations for newly established Customer Advisory Groups

Media release

Date published: 12 April 2017

WaterNSW is calling for nominations for membership of its 10 newly established Customer Advisory Groups across NSW.

Extra security at Bendeela over Easter and school holidays

Media release

Date published: 05 April 2017

WaterNSW will increase security and provide a family-friendly, no alcohol area at its Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley over the Easter long weekend and the April school holidays.

Preparations for stage two of Keepit Dam upgrade to start

Media release

Date published: 15 March 2017

Preparations for the second stage of the Keepit Dam upgrade will begin in the coming weeks, with access to the dam wall to be restricted from Thursday 23 March 2017.

WaterNSW to upgrade 2.8km of Fish River pipeline

Media release

Date published: 15 March 2017

WaterNSW will replace a section of the Fish River Water Supply (FRWS) pipeline from early April.

River flows not impacted by dam valve maintenance

Media release

Date published: 08 March 2017

Routine annual maintenance work on outlet valves at Burrendong Dam will not impact on water availability for downstream customers and other users over winter.

WaterNSW increases notification time of IVT account openings

Media release

Date published: 03 March 2017

WaterNSW has modified its approach to opening of trade applications under the Murray-Murrumbidgee Inter-Valley Trade account (IVT).

Dam Update

Media release

Date published: 03 March 2017

The total system of dams supplying Sydney, Blue Mountains and the Illawarra, is currently at 85.8 percent of capacity, with Warragamba Dam at 88.1 percent of capacity.

Stage two of Fish River Pipeline replacement set to begin

Media release

Date published: 13 February 2017

WaterNSW is pleased to announce the appointment of TCM Civil to undertake stage two of the Fish River Water Supply Replacement Pipeline project.

Call for Lachlan Valley community reference group nominations

Media release

Date published: 06 February 2017

WaterNSW is working to identify a preferred option to improve long term water security within the Lachlan Valley region. We welcome nominations to join a Community Reference Group (CRG) as part of this project.

Status report for Menindee Lakes

Media release

Date published: 31 January 2017

WaterNSW manages the Menindee Lakes system to supply licensed customers including Essential Water and lower Darling landholders, as well as ensuring water security for the region. The MDBA calls on water to be released from the lakes as required to contribute to the River Murray System on behalf of Basin governments.

Releases to increase from Menindee lakes

Media release

Date published: 05 January 2017

WaterNSW will increase release rates from the Menindee lakes system next week to deliver water ordered by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), while operating the lakes to maximise future water security.

WaterNSW informs Balranald Weir users on works

Media release

Date published: 22 December 2016

WaterNSW is advising customers and other users of Balranald weir pool that the water level is likely to fall well below usual summer levels during work to restore the weir’s function following recent flooding.

Status report for Menindee Lakes

Media release

Date published: 21 December 2016

WaterNSW manages the Menindee Lakes system to supply licensed customers including Essential Water and lower Darling landholders, as well as ensuring water security for the region.

Family friendly measures in place at Bendeela these holidays

Media release

Date published: 20 December 2016

WaterNSW is welcoming campers to the Bendeela Recreation Area again this Christmas, with the rear camping area now open to vehicles.

Murray to Broken Hill pipeline

Community service announcement

Date published: 19 December 2016

Further to the recent announcement by the Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, WaterNSW welcomes the opportunity to continue its work on behalf of the government to provide capital works projects that ensure the water security for communities in the Broken Hill region.

Water restrictions and cease to pump conditions likely on North Coast

Community service announcement

Date published: 03 December 2016

WaterNSW is reminding water licence holders in the Bellinger and Coffs Coast catchments to be aware of their licence conditions after persistent hot and dry conditions have led to low flows in many streams and rivers on the north coast & northern rivers.

Releases from Menindee Lakes to increase

Media release

Date published: 30 November 2016

Increased releases from Menindee Lakes will commence today, following acceptance of an order from environmental water managers in support of a recent native fish spawning event in the lower Darling.

Tender awarded for works on Keepit Dam wall

Media release

Date published: 23 November 2016

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced that SRG Limited has been awarded the $24.4 million contract for the second stage of the NSW Government’s Keepit Dam safety upgrade.

WaterNSW pays tribute to flood liaison groups

Media release

Date published: 14 November 2016

WaterNSW has paid tribute to local flood liaison committees and other community members who made an important contribution during the recent flooding in central west and southern NSW.

Status report for Menindee Lakes

Media release

Date published: 02 November 2016

WaterNSW manages the Menindee Lakes system to supply licensed customers including Essential Water and lower Darling landholders, as well as ensuring water security for the region.

Hazard Reduction Burn in Woronora

Community service announcement

Date published: 25 October 2016

WaterNSW, the Rural Fire Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will conduct a hazard reduction burn in Woronora on Tuesday 25 October 2016.

Dam releases scaled back as weather outlook eases

Newsletter article

Date published: 14 October 2016

WaterNSW is revising its dam strategy in key flood zones in light of advice from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasting a minor rain event early next week.

Warragamba – A story of our making

Media release

Date published: 14 October 2016

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Warragamba being selected as the site for Sydney’s major dam and the 56th anniversary of the completion of the dam.

Lake Menindee starts to refill for first time in 3 years

Media release

Date published: 12 October 2016

WaterNSW has commenced releasing water into Lake Menindee for the first time in three years, as water continues to flow into the Menindee Lakes system.

Releases from Blowering and Burrinjuck Dams reduced

Media release

Date published: 10 October 2016

WaterNSW has today reduced releases from Blowering and Burrinjuck dams in anticipation of more rain this week to avoid contributing to higher downstream flows during the rain event.

Blowering, Burrinjuck Dams full, making releases

Media release

Date published: 06 October 2016

With Blowering and Burrinjuck dams at full capacity, WaterNSW is making releases to reduce storage levels in preparation for the next rain event, to capture inflows and minimise downstream flooding impacts.

Dams drawn down to store more upstream inflows

Media release

Date published: 29 September 2016

WaterNSW has reduced dam storage levels in three flood zones so that expected catchment inflows can be captured and flood impacts to downstream communities are reduced.

Wyangala Dam halved peak flow of flood

Media release

Date published: 27 September 2016

WaterNSW has managed to minimise flooding downstream of Wyangala Dam over recent months, despite persistent and record rainfall and the limited relative capacity of the dam compared to the large tributaries flowing into the Lachlan River downstream of the dam.

Burrendong Dam sets inflow record for September

Media release

Date published: 27 September 2016

Burrendong Dam has received the highest inflows on record for the month of September.  The dam is currently sitting at 134 percent* of capacity and water continues to flow into the dam at a rate of 18 gigalitres (GL) per day, holding a total of around 1600 GL with just under 100 GL of space available to accommodate further inflows.

Family friendly at Bendeela over school holidays and October long weekend

Media release

Date published: 22 September 2016

WaterNSW will increase security and provide a family-friendly, no alcohol section at its Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley over the upcoming school holidays and the October long weekend.

Chaffey Dam project wins award

Media release

Date published: 20 September 2016

The $50 million Chaffey Dam augmentation and safety upgrade project has received industry recognition for excellence, winning the Regional Award at the 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Newcastle Division ceremony.

Flood panel outlines Burrendong Dam strategy

Media release

Date published: 12 September 2016

Outflows from Burrendong Dam will increase today to a rate of 18,000 megalitres (ML) per day, in a strategy to maintain airspace in Burrendong for future floods.

Burrinjuck Dam update - releases increased

Community service announcement

Date published: 12 September 2016

WaterNSW will increase releases from Burrinjuck Dam to 32,000 megalitres per day (ML/day) as of 11am on Monday 12 September 2016.

Burrinjuck Dam update - releases increased

Community service announcement

Date published: 11 September 2016

WaterNSW has increased releases from Burrinjuck Dam to 25,000 megalitres per day (ML/day) as of 2.30pm on Sunday 11 September 2016.

Wyangala Dam update - releases increased

Community service announcement

Date published: 11 September 2016

Wyangala Dam is currently at 97.1% of capacity with inflows of 16,700 megalitres per day (ML/day).

Burrinjuck Dam update - releases increased

Community service announcement

Date published: 11 September 2016

Burrinjuck Dam is currently at 99.8% of capacity with inflows of 22,000 ML/day.

Dam update: 9am Saturday 10 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 10 September 2016

WaterNSW is continuing operations at the following dams in response to rainfall on the south western slopes on Friday. Rainfall levels upstream of the dams were generally less significant than expected.

Wyangala Dam update - releases reduced

Community service announcement

Date published: 09 September 2016

Wyangala Dam is currently at 96% of capacity and rising, with inflows of 10,000 megalitres per day(ML/day).

Burrinjuck Dam update - releases reduced

Community service announcement

Date published: 09 September 2016

Burrinjuck Dam is currently at 97% of capacity and rising, with inflows of 15,000 megalitres per day(ML/day).

Dam update: 12pm Monday 5 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 05 September 2016

WaterNSW is continuing operations at the following dams in response to widespread rainfall on Friday:

Wyangala Dam update – releases increasing

Community service announcement

Date published: 04 September 2016

Wyangala Dam is currently surcharged to 102% of capacity and rising, with inflows of 102,000 megalitres per day(ML/day).

Dam Update: 9am Sunday 4 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 04 September 2016

With rainfall now clearing, WaterNSW is currently managing operations at the following dams in response to widespread rainfall on Friday:

Wyangala Dam update – releases increasing

Community service announcement

Date published: 04 September 2016

Wyangala Dam is currently surcharged to 102% of capacity and rising, with inflows of 85,000 megalitres per day(ML/day).

Dam Update: 3pm Saturday 3 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 03 September 2016

With rainfall now clearing, WaterNSW is currently managing operations at the following dams in response to widespread rainfall on Friday:

Dam Update: 9am Saturday 3 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 03 September 2016

With rainfall now clearing, WaterNSW is currently managing operations at the following dams in response to widespread rainfall on Friday:

Wyangala Dam Update - releases increasing

Community service announcement

Date published: 03 September 2016

Wyangala Dam is currently at 100% of capacity and rising, with inflows of 102,000 megalitres per day(ML/day).

Dam Update: 7pm Saturday 3 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 03 September 2016

With rainfall now clearing, WaterNSW is currently managing operations at the following dams in response to widespread rainfall on Friday:

Dam Update: 1pm Friday 2 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 02 September 2016

WaterNSW is currently managing operations at the following dams in response to predicted widespread rainfall on Friday:

Dam Update: 7pm Friday 2 September 2016

Community service announcement

Date published: 02 September 2016

WaterNSW is currently managing operations at the following dams in response to predicted widespread rainfall on Friday:

Burrinjuck Dam continues translucent flows

Media release

Date published: 31 August 2016

WaterNSW continues to manage translucent releases from Burrinjuck Dam ahead of rain forecast for later in the week.

Preparations gather pace as inflows increase

Media release

Date published: 31 August 2016

WaterNSW is planning to re-open Lake Pamamaroo, remove the Copi Hollow block banks and increase releases into the lower Darling as inflow forecasts into Menindee Lakes approach 300 gigalitres (GL).

Wyangala releases increase as rain band approaches

Media release

Date published: 30 August 2016

WaterNSW has tripled releases from Wyangala Dam near Cowra, to create capacity in the dam storage in preparation for a significant rain event across the region this week.

WaterNSW tests Murray warning system

Media release

Date published: 29 August 2016

This week WaterNSW will be testing the automated system that alerts people to notable changes in Murray River flows in the stretch downstream of Hume Dam to Albury.

WaterNSW hosts information session for lower Darling customers

Media release

Date published: 24 August 2016

WaterNSW’s lower Darling customers will have the opportunity to find out more about current lower Darling River operations this week, when WaterNSW hosts an information session at Pooncarie Town Hall at 11am on Thursday 25 August.

Belubula and Lachlan Water Security Investigations

Media release

Date published: 23 August 2016

Calling tenders for strategic partner

Block banks removed as Lower Darling flows

Media release

Date published: 15 August 2016

Lower Darling River flows are making their way south of Pooncarie at almost 1000 megalitres per day (ML/day), having filled the town’s weir pool last week.

WaterNSW starts airspace releases from Wyangala Dam as flood buffer

Media release

Date published: 02 August 2016

WaterNSW, the State’s river system operator, has commenced airspace releases from Wyangala Dam, which is currently at 90% of storage capacity.

Lower Darling releases to commence Thursday

Media release

Date published: 25 July 2016

WaterNSW will begin releasing up to 35,000 megalitres of water from Menindee Lakes into the lower Darling River from Thursday (28 July) to benefit landholders and the township of Pooncarie.

Warragamba Dam drawdown

Community service announcement

Date published: 22 July 2016

Following the rainfall in recent weeks Warragamba Dam is currently close to full capacity. Based on predicted rainfall Warragamba Dam is unlikely to spill and WaterNSW is currently operating the Warragamba Dam gates manually in order to lower the water level to just below full supply level.

WaterNSW leads way in stormwater management

Media release

Date published: 14 July 2016

WaterNSW has received recognition at the 2016 Stormwater NSW Awards Gala Dinner for its exceptional efforts in stormwater management, winning awards for Excellence in Research and Innovation, and for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design.

Warragamba Dam Drawdown

Community service announcement

Date published: 13 July 2016

Following the rainfall in recent weeks Warragamba Dam is currently close to full capacity. While, based on predicted rainfall,Warragamba Dam is unlikely to spill, WaterNSW is currently operating the Warragamba Dam gates manually in order to lower the water level to just below full supply level.

Customer services move to WaterNSW

Media release

Date published: 06 July 2016

All customer-related operational functions have been transferred to WaterNSW from the Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water).

WaterNSW conducts small pile burn at Warragamba

Community service announcement

Date published: 30 June 2016

WaterNSW is conducting a small pile burn near Warragamba Dam today.

Warragamba Dam drawdown

Community service announcement

Date published: 28 June 2016

Following the rainfall in recent weeks Warragamba Dam is currently close to full capacity. While, based on predicted rainfall,Warragamba Dam is unlikely to spill, WaterNSW will be operating the Warragamba Dam gates manually in order to lower the water level to just below full supply level.

Warragamba Dam update

Media release

Date published: 20 June 2016

Rainfall over the Warragamba catchment was at the lower end of the BoM forecast, with a catchment average of 27 millimetres of rain. Based on the rain received the inflows into Warragamba are unlikely to result in the dam spilling.

Warragamba Dam update

Community service announcement

Date published: 17 June 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain across Sydney's water supply catchments this coming weekend. As a result Warragamba Dam may reach full capacity and begin spilling.

WaterNSW Seeking Customer Feedback – 2016 Voice of the Customer Survey

Media release

Date published: 14 June 2016

WaterNSW is this month consulting with customers through its Voice of the Customer Survey 2016 to better understand customer needs and expectations.

WaterNSW Helpdesk currently unavailable

Newsletter article

Date published: 09 June 2016

Due to a Telstra fault, WaterNSW is currently experiencing difficulties with its 1300 662 077 Helpdesk number and inbound calls are not being received. Telstra is working to resolve the issue and we will advise when normal services are resumed. WaterNSW apologises for any inconvenience.

Burrinjuck Dam

Media release

Date published: 08 June 2016

WaterNSW is managing translucent releases from Burrinjuck Dam that have been triggered by recent rain and inflows.

Rainfall - Nepean Dam update

Media release

Date published: 07 June 2016

Sydney’s drinking water catchments received high rainfall in recent days with rainfall totals of 100 to 200 millimetres. More than 200 millimetres was experienced in the Upper Nepean River catchments.

Hazard reduction burn in Warragamba

Community service announcement

Date published: 17 May 2016

WaterNSW, Sydney Water, the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW, will conduct a hazard reduction burn in Warragamba on Thursday 19 May 2016.

WaterNSW drinking water assessment tool wins national award

Media release

Date published: 16 May 2016

WaterNSW has received national acclaim for its innovative NorBE assessment tool in the ‘Improving Planning Processes and Practices’ category from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Glory, glory to Chaffey Dam as upgrade complete

Media release

Date published: 06 May 2016

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Member for New England
Barnaby Joyce has heralded today’s official completion of the much-anticipated expansion of Chaffey
Dam to increase its permanent storage capacity to 100 gigalitres as a momentous occasion for the
Tamworth region.

Water security assured as planning commences for next phase

Media release

Date published: 03 May 2016

WaterNSW has commenced planning to bring groundwater bores established in the lakebed of Lake Menindee into operation to maintain water security for Broken Hill as ongoing drought conditions starve the lakes of inflows.

Burrendong Dam to receive upgrades with no interruption to customers

Media release

Date published: 08 April 2016

WaterNSW is to carry out maintenance work on outlet valves in Burrendong Dam starting in May and finishing by the end of July 2016.  This work has been planned during a period of low demand and it is not expected to cause any disruption to customers.

Bendeela recreation area reopened to new campers

Community service announcement

Date published: 27 March 2016

Bendeela recreation area has now reopened to campers after reaching full capacity earlier in the weekend.

Bendeela recreation area closed to new visitors this Easter long weekend

Media release

Date published: 25 March 2016

WaterNSW has closed Bendeela recreation area to new visitors this Easter long weekend with the site reaching full capacity on Good Friday.

Prospect Reservoir still a central piece of Sydney’s water supply 128 years later!

Media release

Date published: 22 March 2016

Prospect Reservoir has played a significant role in the history of Sydney’s water supply. Since 1888 this reliable water supply has been vital to the growth and expansion of the city and greater surrounds.  WaterNSW is now busy preserving and maintaining this piece of our heritage so it retains its value into the future.

Chaffey Dam to deliver greater water security

Media release

Date published: 04 March 2016

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and New South Wales Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today witnessed the result of one of the final concrete pours for the Chaffey Dam augmentation project.

Rural Pricing Determination 2017-2020

Newsletter article

Date published: 19 February 2016

WaterNSW is currently consulting with customers to help prepare its submission to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Historic links to British Army repeated at Chaffey

Media release

Date published: 15 February 2016

37 years after British Army Captain R.C. Morgan came to Australia to gain experience working on the construction of Chaffey Dam, Captain Dan Ellis is following in his footsteps.

EOI's welcomed for second stage of investigations into potential new dam

Media release

Date published: 09 February 2016

Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson and Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier, Andrew Gee have called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the second stage of investigations into a potential new dam at Cranky Rock.

Chaffey Dam works nearing completion

Media release

Date published: 09 February 2016

Water security in the Peel Valley will soon be significantly strengthened as a project to upgrade and augment Chaffey Dam nears completion.

Customer water orders - Service restored

Community service announcement

Date published: 25 January 2016

Access is now available to WaterNSW - Internet Water Accounting System.

Work at Euston lock to start late January

Media release

Date published: 14 January 2016

WaterNSW advises River Murray users that lock 15 at Euston will be closed to river traffic for about 16 weeks, starting after Australia Day in late January.

Pesticide use notification - Sydney Catchment

Newsletter article

Date published: 11 January 2016

As required under the Pesticides Regulation 2009 WaterNSW gives notice of weed and pest control work by WaterNSW or approved contractors in the following locations within the Sydney drinking water declared catchment:

Customer water orders - Service Disruption

Community service announcement

Date published: 02 January 2016

WaterNSW - Internet Water Accounting System is currently unavailable. Technicians are working to resolve the issue.

New wildlife and family friendly measures in place at Bendeela for the holidays

Community service announcement

Date published: 17 December 2015

WaterNSW is welcoming campers to the Bendeela Recreation Area with the rear camping area opened to vehicles from  Wednesday 16 December.

WaterNSW adds to security and safety measures at Bendeela

Media release

Date published: 15 December 2015

A family-friendly, no alcohol area is among a raft of measures to be introduced to ensure the safety of campers and wildlife, and deter potential anti-social behaviour, at the popular Bendeela Recreation Area.

WaterNSW wins award for exhibit on catchment heroes

Media release

Date published: 04 December 2015

WaterNSW has received an Interpretation Australia (IA) Award for Excellence for the current exhibition showing at Warragamba Dam Visitor Centre titled ‘Who Cares about the Catchment?’.

‘On the ground’ drinking water assessment tool wins award

Media release

Date published: 25 November 2015

WaterNSW has received an award for their NorBE assessment tool in the ‘Improving Planning Processes and Practices’ category from the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Award win for innovative stormwater management

Media release

Date published: 25 November 2015

WaterNSW has received an award recognising ‘Excellence in Policy or Education’ in the management of stormwater at the 2015 International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference in Sydney.

New exhibition! Who cares about the catchment?

Newsletter article

Date published: 18 November 2015

Thousands of people live, work and play in Sydney’s drinking water catchments - and their actions can have an  impact on water quality.

Twenty-five caught trespassing in the drinking water catchments

Media release

Date published: 06 November 2015

Twenty-five people were caught trespassing in the restricted lands, or Special Areas, surrounding greater Sydney’s drinking water dams during a recent weekend blitz.

Excellence award for preliminary Keepit project

Newsletter article

Date published: 28 October 2015

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has congratulated Keepit Dam upgrade project managers WaterNSW and contractors Ryan Wilks for winning the Commercial Medium Build Category of the 2015 National Electrical and Contracting Association (NECA) Excellence Awards.

Chaffey spillway on the rise: augmentation taking shape

Media release

Date published: 26 October 2015

The first 150 of 1,300 cubic metres of concrete has been poured to raise Chaffey Dam’s morning glory spillway as the upgrade and augmentation project reaches 85% of completion.

WaterNSW reduces releases from Blowering

Media release

Date published: 30 September 2015

WaterNSW has today confirmed that it will reduce releases from Blowering Dam this long weekend as Tumut welcomes anglers for the opening of the trout fishing season.

Broken Hill short term works on track

Media release

Date published: 28 September 2015

Work is proceeding on schedule on WaterNSW’s Broken Hill and Menindee short term water project, with phase one of the Talyawalka bore field investigations nearing completion.

WaterNSW acts to upgrade Bendeela camp security

Media release

Date published: 23 September 2015

WaterNSW will further upgrade security and implement additional safety measures within days to protect campers and wildlife at Bendeela camp ground after up to 12 wombats were deliberately killed last weekend.

Extra Security at Bendeela over school holidays

Newsletter article

Date published: 16 September 2015

WaterNSW will increase security at its Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley during the school holidays to manage the expected crowds.

Lake Burragorang's hardest working resident

Newsletter article

Date published: 11 September 2015

The waters of Lake Burragorang, formed by Warragamba Dam, are a hidden world full of life and diversity.

Are you thirsty for WaterNSW facts?

Newsletter article

Date published: 08 September 2015

WaterNSW is Australia’s largest water supplier and NSW’s major supplier of raw water.  We deliver raw water from our 42 large dams, pipelines and the State’s rivers.

Warragamba Dam in drawdown following spill

Community service announcement

Date published: 31 August 2015

Warragamba Dam is no longer spilling however small discharges are continuing through the dam's radial gates as the water level in the dam is lowered down to just below full supply level as part of post flood procedures.

Warragamba Dam begins draw down

Community service announcement

Date published: 30 August 2015

Following rainfall across Sydney's water supply catchments last week, Warragamba Dam is at full capacity. The dam’s central drum gate is expected to close today (Sunday 30 August). Small discharges are continuing through the dam’s radial gates as the water level in the dam is lowered down to just below full supply level as part of post flood procedures. 

Warragamba Dam is spilling

Community service announcement

Date published: 27 August 2015

Following high rainfall across Sydney's water supply catchments this week, Warragamba Dam is spilling through the central drum gate.

Translucent flows postponed from Burrinjuck

Media release

Date published: 27 August 2015

WaterNSW is advising that as part of its obligations under the Murrumbidgee Water Sharing Plan, translucent flows from Burrinjuck dam have been postponed until Saturday 29 August.

High rainfall event and Warragamba Dam

Community service announcement

Date published: 26 August 2015

Following high rainfall across Sydney's water supply catchments this week, Warragamba Dam is nearing full capacity and is expected to begin spilling tomorrow.

Rains reduce chance of water transfer

Media release

Date published: 14 August 2015

A wetter than anticipated December/January has produced inflows into Burrendong Dam, delaying the need for a bulk water transfer from Windamere until at least November 2015.

Chaffey project on track despite recent rain

Media release

Date published: 11 August 2015

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has confirmed that work on the Chaffey Dam safety upgrade and augmentation is continuing on schedule, despite the water level rising to 52% with recent rain.

Winter rains boost regional dam levels

Media release

Date published: 04 August 2015

All major dam storages in regional New South Wales have risen due to favorable winter rains, thereby improving water security for local communities and the environment.

Keepit Dam on show at NSW awards

Media release

Date published: 03 August 2015

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced that Keepit Dam’s $2.2 million electrical relocation project will be in the spotlight as a finalist in the 2015 National Electrical and Contracting Association (NECA) NSW Excellence Awards.

New Wyangala Bridge named by locals

Media release

Date published: 26 June 2015

Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson has announced the new bridge at Wyangala Dam will be named “Wyangala Bridge” following a naming competition run by Cowra Council.

National recognition for local initiative

Media release

Date published: 02 June 2015

The Burrendong temperature control curtain has received further national recognition, receiving the Australian Water Association (AWA) Infrastructure Innovation Award in Adelaide in May.

Chaffey upgrade passes half-way point

Media release

Date published: 18 May 2015

The Chaffey Dam augmentation and safety upgrade has passed the half-way mark with construction on the dam wall, new bridge and associated road works well underway and work on the morning glory spillway to commence in the coming months.

WaterNSW moves to allay groundwater concerns

Media release

Date published: 19 March 2015

The Broken Hill Community Consultative Forum has received specialist advice concerning the possible use of groundwater as an emergency supply.

Maintenance underway at Lake Brewster

Media release

Date published: 04 March 2015

A Central West company has been engaged to carry out maintenance works on the main dividing embankment at Lake Brewster.

WaterNSW meets with Cranky Rock landholders

Media release

Date published: 27 February 2015

Around 30 potentially impacted Cranky Rock landholders met with representatives from WaterNSW at an information session in Canowindra last night (Thursday, 26 February 2015).

WaterNSW to assess new options for drought works

Media release

Date published: 19 February 2015

WaterNSW will assess the feasibility of raising the crest of Menindee Lakes’ weir 32 as part of a suite of projects being undertaken to secure emergency water supplies for Broken Hill and other communities in the region.

Community committee updated on Chaffey progress

Media release

Date published: 10 February 2015

Representatives from the Woolomin, Nundle and Tamworth communities met with the Chaffey upgrade and augmentation project team on site on Monday, 9 February 2015.

Cranky Rock preferred site for Central West Dam

Media release

Date published: 09 February 2015

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries today released a preliminary study by Water NSW that recommends Cranky Rock as the most suitable site for a new dam in the Central West.

Menindee Lakes Water Security Information Sessions

Media release

Date published: 05 February 2015

Public information sessions on the Broken Hill/Menindee/Lower Darling water security projects are scheduled as follows:

Block bank construction begins on Lower Darling

Media release

Date published: 28 January 2015

Water NSW (formerly State Water Corporation) has announced that construction of block banks on the Lower Darling has commenced to hold back water to sustain permanent plantings, as well as provide for essential stock and domestic supplies for landholders.

Pesticide use notice

Community service announcement

Date published: 22 January 2015

As required under the Pesticide Regulation 2009 Water NSW gives notice of weed and pest control work by Water NSW or approved contractors in the following locations within the Sydney drinking water declared catchment:

Welcome to Water NSW

Community service announcement

Date published: 05 January 2015

Welcome to Water NSW, the organisation responsible for managing raw water supply across the State.

High user demand puts pressure on Blowering

Media release

Date published: 23 December 2014

High seasonal downstream demand by irrigators and other water users, driven by ongoing dry conditions, has resulted in Blowering Dam storage levels falling by 10% in December.

Christmas shutdown

Community service announcement

Date published: 19 December 2014

Our office will be closed in accordance with NSW Government policy from 22 December 2014, and will reopen on 5 January 2015. The 1800 061 069 emergency reporting line will continue to operate through this period.

Increasing Sydney's water security

Media release

Date published: 15 December 2014

A $13.7 million upgrade to Prospect Dam will further boost Sydney’s water security, Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said today.

New boat ramp for Chaffey Dam

Media release

Date published: 11 December 2014

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that a temporary boat ramp has been built for boaties at Chaffey Dam.

Burrendong gate strengthening complete

Media release

Date published: 05 December 2014

The spillway gates of Burrendong Dam have been strengthened as part of the $8.4 million Burrendong Dam safety upgrade currently being managed by Water NSW.

Info session on Menindee drought security project

Media release

Date published: 04 December 2014

The NSW Office of Water and State Water Corporation (Water NSW) will hold joint community information sessions next week on the status of water security projects currently underway near Menindee.

Construction ramping up at Chaffey Dam

Media release

Date published: 19 November 2014

Chaffey Dam is a hive of activity with construction ramping up on the augmentation and dam safety upgrade.

Consultation continues on dam investigations

Media release

Date published: 10 November 2014

New storage options to improve water security in the Lachlan Valley were discussed when Water NSW met with Centroc representatives in Forbes on Thursday, 6 November 2014.

Work commences on Menindee water security projects

Media release

Date published: 29 October 2014

Water NSW is working in conjunction with the NSW Office of Water to effectively manage the remaining water supplies in the Menindee Lakes.

Belubula Dam investigations underway

Media release

Date published: 29 October 2014

Investigations to improve water security for the Lachlan Valley have commenced, with Water NSW considering potential dam sites on the Belubula River, Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said today.

Consultation continues on Chaffey expansion

Media release

Date published: 20 October 2014

Consultation on the Chaffey Dam safety upgrade and augmentation is continuing with the first community liaison group meeting held on site on Tuesday, 14 October.

Bulk water transfer from Split Rock Dam

Media release

Date published: 15 October 2014

State Water Corporation is planning on undertaking a bulk water transfer from Split Rock Dam to Keepit Dam to ensure that water that has been previously allocated to Lower Namoi access licences is available to satisfy demand during the upcoming season from Keepit Dam to Walgett.

Chaffey Dam expansion underway

Media release

Date published: 10 October 2014

A $50 million project that will secure water supply, drive prosperity and increase resilience in communities across the Tamworth region has commenced.

Recreational river users urged to sign up to EWN

Media release

Date published: 08 October 2014

Recreational river users are among potential beneficiaries of State Water Corporation’s automated dam notification network.

Hazard reduction burn near Cataract Dam

Community service announcement

Date published: 07 October 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) is conducting a hazard reduction burn near Cataract Dam.

Awards for Burrendong project

Media release

Date published: 24 September 2014

State Water Corporation’s innovative Burrendong temperature control curtain project has won the Australian Institute of Project Management Project of the Year award and the Engineering for Regional Communities category of the Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards.

Hazard reduction burn in Warragamba

Community service announcement

Date published: 22 September 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA), with Rural Fire Service assistance is conducting a hazard reduction burn in Warragamba tomorrow.

Extra Security at Bendeela over school holidays

Media release

Date published: 19 September 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) will increase security at its Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley during the school holidays to manage the expected crowds.

National award for Burrendong project

Media release

Date published: 15 September 2014

The Burrendong temperature control curtain project won the Australian Project Management Institute’s National Project of the Year Award on Tuesday night at a ceremony in Melbourne.

Forging forward in automated and remote telemetry

Media release

Date published: 15 September 2014

The $18.6 million integrated surveillance, monitoring, automation and remote telemetry (ISMART) project, which will allow State Water to remotely operate and manage dams, weirs, regulators and urban water systems, is one step closer to becoming a realisation following contract award for works package one to the prime contractor Hunter Water Australia (HWA) last month.

Water NSW hones emergency flood response

Media release

Date published: 01 September 2014

Water NSW will incorporate learnings from a recent two-day mock emergency exercise into its flood management response to any future flood events in regional NSW.

Weir removals improve native fish access

Media release

Date published: 21 August 2014

Native fish in the Macleay and Manning River catchments will have improved access to river reaches following the removal of the redundant Rudders Creek and Cedar Party Creek weirs by State Water Corporation.

Burrendong project engineering award finalist

Media release

Date published: 13 August 2014

The $4 million Burrendong temperature control curtain project is a finalist in two categories in the Sydney division of the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards, State Water announced today.

Hazard reduction burn near Cataract Dam

Community service announcement

Date published: 08 August 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) is conducting a hazard reduction burn at Cataract Dam. The burn will start on Monday 11 August, weather permitting, and is expected to finish on Thursday 14 August.

Preliminary Keepit works half-way

Media release

Date published: 30 July 2014

Construction on the $2.2 million preliminary electrical works ahead of stage two of the Keepit Dam safety upgrade has reached the half-way mark, State Water Corporation announced today.

William Lawson link on Prospect Reservoir colonial find confirmed

Media release

Date published: 24 July 2014

A heritage site found at Prospect Reservoir late last year has been confirmed as part of the estate of famous Australian explorer William Lawson.

Small pile burn in Warragamba area

Community service announcement

Date published: 23 July 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA), is conducting a small pile burn in the Warragamba area today.

Australian first Curtain Project completed on time

Media release

Date published: 11 July 2014

Construction of Australia’s first temperature control curtain at Burrendong Dam has been completed on time and on budget, Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries and Member for Orange Andrew Gee announced today.

Burrendong upgrade construction half-way

Media release

Date published: 30 June 2014

Construction on the $8.4 million Burrendong Dam safety upgrade has reached the half-way mark, State Water announced today.

Maintenance works at Burrinjuck complete

Media release

Date published: 16 June 2014

State Water Corporation workers at Burrinjuck Dam were applauded last week for their efforts in completing routine maintenance well ahead of schedule.

Online ordering saving water

Media release

Date published: 10 June 2014

The region’s irrigators are embracing online technology that improves the accuracy of orders and saves water, State Water Corporation has confirmed.

New forums make it easier to comment on Bendeela masterplan

Media release

Date published: 05 June 2014

Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) is seeking comment on a draft masterplan for the Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley before Friday 13 June 2014 and has four new online forums to make it even easier to comment.

Burrinjuck Dam maintenance to slow water release

Media release

Date published: 04 June 2014

State Water Corporation will reduce flows from Burrinjuck Dam for a number of days to undertake important routine safety inspections at the base of the dam wall, commencing 10 June.

Vital step forward in Chaffey Dam expansion

Media release

Date published: 30 May 2014

Work on the $50 million expansion of Tamworth’s Chaffey Dam will soon be underway following the awarding of the contract to construction firm John Holland.

Hazard reduction burn near Cataract Dam

Community service announcement

Date published: 27 May 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) is conducting a hazard reduction burn at Cataract Dam. The burn will start on Tuesday 27 May, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed Thursday 29 May.

New CEO for State Water Corporation and Sydney Catchment Authority

Newsletter article

Date published: 21 May 2014

Former Snowy Hydro Ltd senior executive, David Harris, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of both State Water Corporation and the Sydney Catchment Authority.

Hazard reduction burn near Avon

Community service announcement

Date published: 21 May 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) is conducting a hazard reduction burn at Avon Dam.

Hazard reduction burn at Braidwood

Media release

Date published: 12 May 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA), with Rural Fire Service assistance is conducting a hazard reduction burn in the Braidwood area over the next few days.

Hazard reduction burn in Braidwood area

Community service announcement

Date published: 12 May 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA), with Rural Fire Service assistance is conducting a hazard reduction burn in the Braidwood area over the next few days.

Need for Windamere water transfer falls with rain

Media release

Date published: 09 May 2014

Any transfer of water from Windamere Dam is unlikely to be considered before the end of the year following more inflows into Burrendong Dam.

Temperature control construction past halfway

Media release

Date published: 06 May 2014

Construction on the $4 million temperature control structure at Burrendong Dam has passed the half-way point, with curtain material being installed this week.

Feedback sought on Split Rock water transfer

Media release

Date published: 05 May 2014

State Water Corporation is encouraging irrigators and other local stakeholders to attend a public meeting in Manilla on Wednesday evening to provide feedback on the transfer of water from Split Rock Dam last summer.

Community invited to comment on new plan for Bendeela Recreation Area

Newsletter article

Date published: 01 May 2014

The Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) is currently seeking comment on a draft masterplan for the Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley.

Community invited to name new Wyangala bridge

Media release

Date published: 29 April 2014

The Cowra and Boorowa Shire Councils have invited community members to suggest names for the new bridge across the Lachlan River at Wyangala Dam.

New water meters for the mid-Murray region

Media release

Date published: 28 April 2014

State Water Corporation will soon commence installation of approximately 70 new water meters in the mid-Murray region, as stage one of the NSW Metering Scheme. The NSW Metering Scheme is funded by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure initiative, through the NSW Sustaining the Basin Program.

Stevens Weir to be drawn down

Media release

Date published: 23 April 2014

The NSW Office of Water together with State Water Corporation today announced that the annual lowering of the Stevens Weir pool will commence on Tuesday 13 May.

June closure of Wyangala crest road

Media release

Date published: 02 April 2014

The Minister for Primary Industries and Local Member, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced further progress in the construction of the new bridge downstream of Wyangala Dam.

Stage two of Hume Dam works complete

Media release

Date published: 12 March 2014

Construction of the 50,000 tonne concrete buttress wall to strengthen the southern training wall at Hume Dam has been completed on schedule and within budget.

New world-class water delivery provider for NSW

Media release

Date published: 04 March 2014

The NSW Government will consolidate the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) with the State Water Corporation to form Bulk Water NSW, a new efficient service provider for the State's water sector, Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson announced today.

WaterNSW action restores weir pool water quality

Media release

Date published: 18 October 2010

Water quality has been restored in the Wentworth weir pool after a successful joint enterprise by WaterNSW and Federal and State water authorities

Fines handed out for breaking the laws in dam special areas

Date published: 01 January 1970

Ten people were caught trespassing in the restricted lands, or special areas, surrounding greater Sydney’s drinking water dams during a multi-agency blitz earlier this month.

Joint effort secures ability to deliver carryover water for drought affected customers

Date published: 01 January 1970

Co-operative interaction with customers and sound operations by WaterNSW means customers can expect to receive their high security and carry-over allocation in 2016-17 despite the enduring dry weather.

Extra security at Bendeela over Easter and school holidays

Date published: 01 January 1970

WaterNSW will increase security and provide a family-friendly, no alcohol area at its Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley over the Easter long weekend and the April school holidays.

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