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Newsroom

The WaterNSW newsroom provides access to our latest media releases and statements.

For the latest algae red alert information please visit our Alerts and updates page.

WaterNSW’s media team can be contacted via:

Tony Webber
Phone: (02) 6841 2006
Mobile: 0428 613 478
Email: Tony.Webber@waternsw.com.au

Urgent works temporarily halt Blowering Dam releases

Media release

Date published: 09 July 2020

WaterNSW is in the process of contacting businesses and landholders around the Tumut River with information regarding a temporary halt to water releases from Blowering Dam to allow for urgent remedial works and safety inspections.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Our Response

Media release

Date published: 07 July 2020

WaterNSW is taking an informed, risk-based and balanced approach to the evolving COVID-19 scenario.

Chaffey to Tamworth pipeline operational

Media release

Date published: 17 June 2020

A permanent pipeline connecting Chaffey Dam directly to Tamworth is now operational capping off a substantial achievement in completing a critical drought response project in under a year and extending Tamworth’s water supply by 12 months.

WaterNSW working with Lachlan community on wall project

Media release

Date published: 27 May 2020

As part of plans to raise the wall at Wyangala Dam, WaterNSW is already working with key stakeholders in Lachlan valley communities.

WaterNSW signs with dam-building partner

Media release

Date published: 25 May 2020

WaterNSW will partner with two specialist firms to deliver a historic investment in water infrastructure projects to secure the State’s future water supply, Acting CEO Andrew George has confirmed.

David Harris hands over the reins at WaterNSW

Media release

Date published: 04 May 2020

After six successful years as CEO of WaterNSW, David Harris has advised the board of his resignation. Andrew George is taking over as Acting CEO.

WaterNSW seeking public submissions

Media release

Date published: 04 May 2020

WaterNSW is currently undertaking a statutory review of the Water NSW Regulation 2013 and is seeking submissions from stakeholders.

Lower Darling releases start as Pamamaroo continue

Media release

Date published: 27 March 2020

WaterNSW has commenced releasing water from weir 32 into the Lower Darling, a return to continuous river flows for the first time since December 2018, as large volumes of water continue pouring into Lake Wetherell.

WaterNSW welcomes Land and Environment Court decision

Media release

Date published: 19 March 2020

WaterNSW welcomes today’s findings handed down in the NSW Land and Environment Court in relation to a case brought against two prominent irrigators in the Brewarrina region.

Upgrade works to halt water releases from Toonumbar Dam

Media release

Date published: 18 March 2020

Water supply from Toonumbar Dam on the NSW North Coast will be interrupted for 1 week starting on the 20th of April while work proceeds to upgrade important elements of the dam system.

Keepit Dam to deliver first water in more than a year

Media release

Date published: 17 March 2020

One of the dam storages hit hardest by extreme drought – Keepit Dam in the Namoi valley – will make its first water release in more than a year.

Water arrives in the Menindee Lakes

Media release

Date published: 12 March 2020

The parched and cracked Menindee Lakes in Western New South Wales are rejoicing after the first major river flow since 2016 wet soil that has been dry for years, ending a prolonged period of no-inflows.

Dam inflows vary, but quarter of NSW still in ‘intense drought’

Media release

Date published: 02 March 2020

Several dams hardest hit by the ongoing drought in New South Wales have experienced welcome reprieve with recent rainfall resulting in the first inflows in years and a minor increase to dam levels.

324 pump restrictions lifted in Namoi, Border Rivers

Media release

Date published: 25 February 2020

WaterNSW is advising that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction has been lifted for general security access licences in the Border Rivers and Upper and Lower Namoi water sources.

Barwon-Darling flows a blessing for towns, farmers

Media release

Date published: 21 February 2020

Persistent heavy rain events across the state’s north-west continue to generate the best natural flow in the Barwon-Darling river system since the floods of 2016.

Rain generates small inflows into Central West dams

Media release

Date published: 19 February 2020

Recent storms and rain events across the Central West have generated small but welcome inflows into the region’s two major supply dams, with inflows continuing.

WaterNSW successfully protects Sydney’s raw water

Media release

Date published: 18 February 2020

Precautionary measures enacted in the wake of unprecedented bushfire damage and the largest rainfall event since 1990 have been successful in protecting Sydney’s dam water quality, WaterNSW CEO David Harris confirmed today.

324 pump restrictions extended for northern valleys

Media release

Date published: 14 February 2020

WaterNSW is advising that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys will be extended to 28 February.

WaterNSW Experts Maintain Water Quality for Sydney

Media release

Date published: 14 February 2020

A team of water quality experts from WaterNSW is working to maintain water quality in Sydney’s largest catchment after welcome rain washed significant amounts of ash and debris into Warragamba Dam.

Temporary water restrictions on river and overland flows in the northern Basin

Media release

Date published: 13 February 2020

A summary of recent rainfall and flows in the northern NSW Murray–Darling Basin and the rationale for temporary restrictions on access. Please read NSW DPIE announcement (PDF).

Amendment to temporary pump restriction on floodplain harvesting

Media release

Date published: 12 February 2020

WaterNSW is announcing the NSW Government’s temporary restriction on floodplain harvesting across the northern basin to preserve any flows in the northern river system for towns, stock and domestic supply and the environment has been amended.

Repeal of temporary restriction for Bega and Brogo

Media release

Date published: 12 February 2020

WaterNSW is announcing the NSW Government’s temporary irrigation restriction made for the Bega and Brogo Regulated Rivers has been repealed.

324 Orders on Floodplain harvesting in the Northern Basin

Media release

Date published: 11 February 2020

A number of section 324 orders are currently in place, including  an order restricting floodplain harvesting in the Northern Basin. The orders and reasons for decision are available from the Department's website on temporary water restrictions.

Approval to take under Temporary Water Restrictions - 11 February 2020

Media release

Date published: 11 February 2020

Please see information for Namoi, Gwydir and Northern NSW Murray Darling Basin

Inflows continue into Sydney dams, Warragamba 69%

Media release

Date published: 11 February 2020

Sydney’s dam storages continue to receive inflows from the recent rain event, with Warragamba storage reaching 69% this morning (Tuesday, 11 February), up more than 8 percentage points in 24 hours and continuing to rise.

Pesticide use notice

Media release

Date published: 10 February 2020

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:

Approval to take under Temporary Water Restrictions - 10 February 2020

Media release

Date published: 10 February 2020

Please see information for Namoi, Gwydir and Northern NSW Murray Darling Basin

Catchment rain generates inflows into Sydney dams

Media release

Date published: 09 February 2020

Sydney’s dam storages are set to receive their best inflows in nearly three years as heavy rainfall across the catchment is forecast to continue throughout the day.

Temporary rule change to allow some stock water trade

Media release

Date published: 07 February 2020

WaterNSW is announcing a NSW Government temporary rule amendment to allow the trade of stock allocation water to assist landholders affected by drought.

Temporary pump restriction on floodplain harvesting

Media release

Date published: 07 February 2020

WaterNSW is announcing the NSW Government’s temporary restriction on floodplain harvesting across the northern basin to preserve any flows in the northern river system for towns, stock and domestic supply and the environment.

WaterNSW monitoring significant metro rain event

Media release

Date published: 07 February 2020

WaterNSW is closely monitoring the impact of an ongoing rain event over Greater Sydney’s dam catchment, including run-off from firegrounds around Warragamba Dam.

324 pump restrictions extended for northern valleys

Media release

Date published: 31 January 2020

WaterNSW is advising that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys will be extended to 17 February.

Pump restrictions lifted for Peel high security and unregulated use on Mooki and Quirindi systems

Media release

Date published: 26 January 2020

WaterNSW is announcing that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys is being lifted immediately for high security licence holders in the Peel valley, and for unregulated access in the Mooki River and Quirindi Creek.

324 restriction lifted for users upstream of Bathurst

Media release

Date published: 22 January 2020

WaterNSW is announcing that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys for towns and stock and domestic supply has been lifted for unregulated users upstream of Bathurst.

WaterNSW monitoring rain: Greater Sydney, regional NSW

Media release

Date published: 17 January 2020

WaterNSW is monitoring the results of the rain event taking place across many areas of the Greater Sydney drinking water catchment and large areas of regional NSW.

324 temporary pump restrictions for northern valleys

Media release

Date published: 17 January 2020

WaterNSW is announcing a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys for towns and stock and domestic supply.

WaterNSW monitoring rain: Greater Sydney, regional NSW

Media release

Date published: 16 January 2020

WaterNSW is monitoring the results of the rain event taking place across many areas of the Greater Sydney drinking water catchment and large areas of regional NSW.

Preparations extended to protect dam water quality

Media release

Date published: 14 January 2020

With rain forecast across much of NSW in coming days, WaterNSW has expanded its preparations to limit potential impacts on the water quality in dam storages.

Windamere-Burrendong water transfer info session planned

Media release

Date published: 08 January 2020

WaterNSW will meet with stakeholders in the Cudgegong valley next week to keep them abreast of plans to transfer water from Windamere to Burrendong dam to secure vital supply in the Macquarie valley.

Brogo Dam water access rules change to save town water

Media release

Date published: 08 January 2020

WaterNSW is advising customers supplied from Brogo Dam that general security irrigation availability will cease as of 6am Saturday 11 January 2020 as a result of temporary rule changes announced today.

Brogo, Blowering Dams closed to public due to fire risk

Media release

Date published: 04 January 2020

WaterNSW is advising the public that Brogo Dam near Bega, and Blowering Dam near Tumut are temporarily closed due to ongoing bushfire risk, until further notice.

Multiple recreational areas to remain closed until further notice

Media release

Date published: 31 December 2019

WaterNSW has re-assessed the closure status of multiple recreational areas in the Greater Sydney, Shoalhaven and Illawarra areas and determined that they will remain closed until further notice in the interests of the safety of the public and our employees.

Recreational areas including Bendeela to remain closed until further notice

Media release

Date published: 22 December 2019

WaterNSW advises that multiple recreational areas in the Greater Sydney, Shoalhaven and Illawarra areas, including Bendeela, will remain closed until further notice in the interests of safety. WaterNSW will re-assess the closure status on Wednesday 1 January as to whether sites will be reopened from Thursday 2 January.

Temporary dam releases to bolster Tamworth supply

Media release

Date published: 21 December 2019

WaterNSW will be delivering up to 80 megalitres (ML) of water to Tamworth Regional Council via the Peel River downstream of the temporary weir (block bank) at Dungowan.

Pump restriction to conserve Port Macquarie supply

Media release

Date published: 20 December 2019

WaterNSW is advising that the NSW Government has implemented a temporary pump restriction on unregulated river and alluvial access licences in the Hastings unregulated and alluvial water sources, to secure town supply for Port Macquarie.

Bendeela Recreational Area and Tallowa Dam temporarily close

Media release

Date published: 18 December 2019

WaterNSW is advising the public that Bendeela Recreational Area and Tallowa Dam will be temporarily closed due to ongoing bushfires and extreme fire danger ratings forecast from Thursday 19 December.

Pump restriction to conserve Dingo Creek flow

Media release

Date published: 18 December 2019

The NSW Government has implemented a temporary pump restriction on low flows in the Dingo Creek to assist with conserving water for town supply and other critical needs.

324 restrictions to save Darling flows extended to 5 Jan

Media release

Date published: 18 December 2019

WaterNSW is announcing that an existing NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the Intersecting streams and Barwon-Darling river systems for towns and stock and domestic supply, will be extended to 5 January 2020.

Warragamba fire eases, priority to protect water quality

Media release

Date published: 12 December 2019

As the fire risk around Warragamba Dam eases, WaterNSW is now concentrating its efforts on ensuring that ash and debris in raw water supply is minimised.

Drought impacting on WaterNSW coastal storages

Media release

Date published: 10 December 2019

WaterNSW is meeting with customers and other water users on the state’s far north and far south coasts as drought conditions put growing pressure on local dam storages.

Carryover restricted to extend Split Rock supply

Media release

Date published: 06 December 2019

The NSW Government has implemented water restrictions in the Upper Namoi valley to conserve water remaining in Split Rock Dam for essential town supply and critical needs.

Peel planned environmental water rule suspended

Media release

Date published: 04 December 2019

The NSW Government has suspended clauses within the Peel Valley Water Sharing Plan as part of drought measures taking place in the region, WaterNSW announced today.

Catchment fires pose no risk to Warragamba water quality at this time

Media release

Date published: 03 December 2019

Fires burning in Sydney’s catchment do not pose a risk to water quality in WaterNSW dam storages at this time.

WaterNSW responds to ABC TV report (Sunday, 1 December) concerning water quality at Cataract and Cordeaux dams

Media release

Date published: 02 December 2019

By not incorporating important information made available by WaterNSW, last night's ABC report failed to portray the safeguards and expertise that protect Sydney's drinking water quality at its source.

Hume Dam crest roadway to re-open temporarily

Media release

Date published: 22 November 2019

WaterNSW is advising the public that the crest roadway over Hume Dam will re-open to public access on 25 November following the successful completion of the first phase of maintenance work.

Safety concerns behind Toonumbar boat ramp closure

Media release

Date published: 15 November 2019

WaterNSW is advising the public that the boat ramp used to access the dam storage for leisure craft will be closed until further notice, citing safety concerns.

WaterNSW updates Lake Cargelligo on drought outlook

Media release

Date published: 12 November 2019

Approximately 60 Lake Cargelligo community members have attended a WaterNSW information session on future contingency measures should drought conditions persist in the Lachlan valley.

324 pump restrictions to save Darling flows for towns

Media release

Date published: 04 November 2019

WaterNSW will implement a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows currently occurring in the Barwon-Darling river system, for towns and stock and domestic supply only.

Trade restrictions eased on withheld carryover water

Media release

Date published: 01 November 2019

WaterNSW will implement NSW Government rule changes to allow for the trade – but not use – of carryover water currently quarantined under drought measures announced on 1 July.

20% limit on unregulated use upstream of Bathurst

Media release

Date published: 31 October 2019

WaterNSW will implement NSW Government temporary pump restrictions from tomorrow (1 November) to restrict access for unregulated licence holders located between Bathurst and major upstream dams to 20% of their entitlement.

Wyangala storage volume offers drought options in Lachlan

Media release

Date published: 25 October 2019

The comparatively large volume of water in Wyangala dam offers WaterNSW a range of drought contingency measures to extend dam water supply to Lachlan valley communities.

Restrictions imposed on Maules Creek groundwater use

Media release

Date published: 18 October 2019

The NSW government has issued a temporary restriction on groundwater usage in the Maules Creek Groundwater Water Source upstream of Elfin Crossing.

Information sessions: Peel River landholders and water users to get updates on key drought projects

Media release

Date published: 09 October 2019

WaterNSW is ramping up its temporary and permanent drought and water security works to extend water supplies to Tamworth and Dungowan.

Access to carryover allocations restricted for Belubula River water users

Media release

Date published: 02 October 2019

Water users are advised that the NSW Government has enforced a section 324 temporary restriction on carryover water access for general security users on the Belubula River.

Bendeela Reserve open for school holidays

Media release

Date published: 26 September 2019

The back area of Bendeela Recreation Area will be open for the October school holidays, including what is expected to be a bumper long weekend.

Stevens Weir restoration program brought forward

Media release

Date published: 25 September 2019

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and system operator, is restoring Stevens Weir in the Murray Valley.

WaterNSW sets 30 Nov deadline for Peel flow cut

Media release

Date published: 18 September 2019

WaterNSW has advised affected landholders that Peel River flows downstream of the Dungowan temporary weir will cease no earlier than 30 November if drought conditions persist.

WaterNSW works underway to extend dam supply to towns

Media release

Date published: 16 September 2019

WaterNSW projects to extend the availability of water from Burrendong Dam to communities in the Macquarie valley are well advanced.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Lake Wetherell, upstream from Menindee

Media release

Date published: 09 September 2019

A red alert level warning (high alert) for potentially toxic blue-green algae has been issued for Lake Wetherell, upstream from Menindee.

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Burrendong Dam

Media release

Date published: 04 September 2019

The previously issued high level algal warning (Red Alert) has been lifted at Burrendong Dam, located 30 kilometres south-east of Wellington in the Central West region.

WaterNSW resumes transfers from Shoalhaven to bolster Sydney supply

Media release

Date published: 28 August 2019

Following changes to the operating rules for the Shoalhaven transfer scheme, an additional 14.5GL is now available for the Greater Sydney system.

Locals invited to drop-in information sessions for new Wilcannia Weir

Media release

Date published: 22 August 2019

WaterNSW will meet with locals at Wilcannia next week as part of the key community engagement process before construction begins on the new Wilcannia Weir.

Action underway to extend Tamworth water supply

Media release

Date published: 20 August 2019

Exploratory bore drilling commenced this week in the latest phase of drought emergency works being undertaken by WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council to extend the city’s surface water supply from Chaffey Dam.

Crest roadway closed for Hume Dam upgrades

Media release

Date published: 13 August 2019

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and river operator, will begin scheduled maintenance at Hume Dam on 26 August, preventing public access to the crest roadway until completion of the project.

Drought measures: Key community information sessions for Peel River landholders and users

Media release

Date published: 25 July 2019

WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council will host community information sessions for landholders, industry, irrigators and other water users affected by drought response measures.

Community information sessions planned for Peel River landholders and users re: drought flow cuts

Media release

Date published: 11 July 2019

WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council will host community information sessions next month for landholders, industry, irrigators and other water users potentially affected by drought response measures.

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted for Darling River at Wilcannia

Media release

Date published: 09 July 2019

The high-level algal warning (Red Alert) at Wilcannia has been lifted.

Red Alert warning lifted at Copeton Dam

Media release

Date published: 09 July 2019

The Red Alert at Copeton Dam has now been lifted following consecutive results below red alert levels across all lake sites.

Drought hit Northern users urged to enrol for auto alerts

Media release

Date published: 04 July 2019

WaterNSW is encouraging customers in drought-affected northern valleys to enrol for automated notifications as WaterNSW repeats its advice that recent water allocation announcement do not necessarily guarantee water.

Carryover reminder as water year end looms

Media release

Date published: 15 May 2019

The 2018-19 water year ends on 30 June and WaterNSW customers are being advised that remaining water in accounts at that time will be subject to the carryover rules applicable to the relevant licence.

Macquarie valley drought plan on to next phase as dam falls

Media release

Date published: 13 May 2019

WaterNSW has begun investigations into a range of measures to address the impacts of drought in the Macquarie Valley and secure water supply for critical needs.

Red Alert warning lifted at Copeton Dam

Media release

Date published: 10 May 2019

The Red Alert at Copeton Dam has now been lifted following consecutive results below red alert levels.

Temporary pump restriction lifted in Lower Macq, Lower Namoi

Media release

Date published: 07 May 2019

Water users are advised that the NSW Government has lifted a temporary pumping restriction for the Lower Namoi and Lower Macquarie valleys, effective immediately.

Rain extends Barwon-Darling temporary pump restriction

Media release

Date published: 06 May 2019

Water users are advised that the NSW Government will extend the temporary pump restriction for the Barwon-Darling River system following significant rainfall across north-western NSW over the past month.

Vital restoration works to close weirs

Media release

Date published: 24 April 2019

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and river operator, is performing key maintenance and restoration work on weirs in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valleys.

Carryover reminder as Murrumbidgee trade ends

Media release

Date published: 23 April 2019

Two Murrumbidgee valley water trading periods will close on 30 April and 31 May, respectively, and customers are being reminded to utilise their carryover water to avoid the risk of losing it.

Warrego inflows reach NSW, no respite for Darling

Media release

Date published: 18 April 2019

March rainfall across the Warrego catchment in Queensland has made its way to NSW.

Temporary pump restriction for Barwon-Darling enviro release

Media release

Date published: 15 April 2019

Water users are advised that the NSW Government will implement a section 324 temporary pump restriction for the Barwon-Darling River system to protect environmental flows from Wednesday (17 April).

Customers must register details to receive northern flow info

Media release

Date published: 12 April 2019

Water users are being urged to ensure their details are accurately registered with WaterNSW in the lead up to environmental releases in the Gwydir in coming days and in the Border Rivers thereafter.

Visual data tool game-changer in water management

Media release

Date published: 11 April 2019

A new online tool being trialled in the Murrumbidgee valley by WaterNSW that combines the latest on river flows, dam storages, water availability and weather outlook will streamline water management decisions.

Bendeela Reserve open for Easter school holidays

Media release

Date published: 10 April 2019

The popular back area of Bendeela Recreation Area will be open for the April school holidays, including the Easter weekend and Anzac Day.

Temporary water restriction for Namoi and Macquarie water sources

Media release

Date published: 02 April 2019

Significant rainfall in the Castlereagh and Namoi rivers catchments in the early hours of Saturday morning has created river flows that are subject to temporary restrictions implemented by the NSW Government to protect this water for high priority needs.

WaterNSW Customer Advisory Group nominations close 29 March

Media release

Date published: 18 March 2019

WaterNSW is advising water users that the nomination process for the second term of office for its area-based Customer Advisory Groups is drawing to a close.

Beach-goers urged to be wary of marine algal bloom

Media release

Date published: 02 March 2019

The public is being advised to avoid making contact with water discoloured by a marine algal bloom being reported in the Sydney region.

Raising Wyangala Dam wall key step for Lachlan Valley

Media release

Date published: 26 February 2019

WaterNSW welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to progress investigations into the raising of the Wyangala Dam wall and looks forward to getting started on this vital piece of work.

WaterNSW seeking nominations for area-based Customer Advisory Groups

Media release

Date published: 22 February 2019

WaterNSW is calling for nominations for membership of its Customer Advisory Groups across rural and metro NSW.

Windamere-Burrendong bulk water transfer ends

Media release

Date published: 25 January 2019

WaterNSW has stopped the bulk water transfer from Windamere Dam to Burrendong Dam one  month ahead of schedule after two rain events produced good inflows into Burrendong.

Pipeline progress leads to extension of Weir 32 releases

Media release

Date published: 11 January 2019

Releases into the upper stretches of the Lower Darling can be extended to meet a crucial deadline for local producers, WaterNSW confirmed today.

Stark inflow figures tell tale of drought severity

Media release

Date published: 10 January 2019

Northern NSW river systems which feed the Barwon-Darling system and then Menindee lakes, can expect an average of approximately 4000 gigalitres (GL) of annual inflows according to long term data.

Pesticide use notice

Media release

Date published: 08 January 2019

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:

WaterNSW rescues trapped native fish, culls carp

Media release

Date published: 07 January 2019

WaterNSW staff have successfully rescued thousands of native fish trapped at Burrendong Dam and released them into the Macquarie River after months of preparation in a joint operation with fisheries experts from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

WaterNSW to meet with customers in Macquarie-Cudgegong Valley

Media release

Date published: 04 January 2019

WaterNSW will host customer information sessions regarding dam and river operations in the Macquarie-Cudgegong valley in mid-January as Burrendong Dam storage falls below 13% of capacity.

Lake Cargelligo to drop briefly as hot weather drives demand

Media release

Date published: 02 January 2019

A fall in the water level of Lake Cargelligo due to increasing downstream demand, will be quickly restored by water currently being released from Wyangala Dam on the Lachlan River, WaterNSW confirmed today.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for the Darling River at Louth and Trevallyn

Media release

Date published: 24 December 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Darling River at Louth and Trevallyn, located in the Far West region.

WaterNSW, Macquarie Valley users take steps to extend supply

Media release

Date published: 19 December 2018

As record drought grips the Macquarie valley, WaterNSW is advising that Burrendong Dam storage will fall below 10% this summer without significant inflows.

Namoi water restrictions lifted in full

Media release

Date published: 19 December 2018

WaterNSW is advising that the NSW Government has today lifted the temporary water restriction (S324 Order) in the Namoi valley.

Bendeela Reserve open for summer holidays

Media release

Date published: 18 December 2018

WaterNSW is opening the popular alcohol-free back area of Bendeela Recreation Area for the summer holidays.

Blue-green algae alert for Mannus Lake, Mannus Creek near Tumbarumba

Media release

Date published: 17 December 2018

Monitoring by Snowy Valleys Council has detected high levels of blue-green algae and a red level warning (high alert) has been issued for Mannus Lake and downstream in Mannus Creek, near Tumbarumba.

NSW Govt unveils WaterNSW landmark pumped hydro clean energy project

Media release

Date published: 12 December 2018

The NSW Government today announced the NSW Pumped Hydro Roadmap, a landmark WaterNSW initiative to harness dam storages to produce clean, hydro-electricity.

Windamere-Burrendong transfer peak revised after feedback

Media release

Date published: 11 December 2018

WaterNSW will revise its forecast flow peaks in line with community feedback after meeting with customers and other stakeholders in Mudgee recently.

Government places water restrictions on Lower Darling customers

Media release

Date published: 04 December 2018

The severe drought conditions across NSW has resulted in government requesting WaterNSW to implement restrictions on water accounts for our Lower Darling customers.

Sydney rainfall to boost metro storage levels

Media release

Date published: 29 November 2018

Sydney’s dam storage total could rise by up to 1.5% as a result of yesterday’s significant rain event.

WaterNSW to meet with Namoi customers as dam levels drop

Media release

Date published: 28 November 2018

WaterNSW will meet with Namoi valley customers and key stakeholders next week to discuss dam operations in the valley as dam storages continue to drop.

Windamere-Burrendong transfer to occur in stages: WaterNSW

Media release

Date published: 28 November 2018

WaterNSW has advised Mid-Western Regional Council and a key stakeholder group that the bulk water transfer between Windamere and Burrendong Dams scheduled for January 2019 will take place in two distinct stages.

Barwon-Darling irrigator pleads guilty to multiple water charges

Media release

Date published: 26 November 2018

WaterNSW has today welcomed guilty pleas from a prominent Barwon-Darling irrigator in relation to three charges of breaching NSW water management rules brought in the Land and Environment Court.

Drought response delays Windamere-Burrendong transfer date

Media release

Date published: 16 November 2018

WaterNSW has moved the timing of a proposed transfer of water from Windamere Dam to Burrendong Dam, via the Cudgegong River, from November to January 2019.

Drought measures toughen to conserve Namoi water

Media release

Date published: 14 November 2018

WaterNSW is implementing further drought measures to save water for critical needs in the Namoi valley as the drought’s impact intensifies across the region.

Safety upgrades at Murrumbidgee weirs

Media release

Date published: 02 November 2018

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and river operator, is continuing to upgrade vital infrastructure surrounding its weirs along the Murrumbidgee River.

Algal alert for Lower Darling: Burtundy to Jamesville block bank

Media release

Date published: 02 November 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Lower Darling River at Burtundy and upstream approx. 20 km to include the Jamesville block bank pool, WaterNSW announced today.

Namoi water resources under pressure as drought persist

Media release

Date published: 24 October 2018

WaterNSW is taking steps to actively manage Namoi valley water resources as they hit critical levels.

WaterNSW study to provide water security for Lachlan Valley

Media release

Date published: 23 October 2018

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and system operator, is building on its reputation for identifying and delivering water infrastructure solutions across regional NSW.

Precautionary work on Fitzroy Falls reservoir

Media release

Date published: 15 October 2018

WaterNSW is undertaking routine work on Fitzroy Falls Reservoir as part of a broader portfolio assessment on all dams in the Greater Sydney area of operations.

Bulk water transfer from Split Rock Dam to Keepit set to begin

Media release

Date published: 11 October 2018

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and system operator, will begin a bulk water transfer from Split Rock Dam to Keepit Dam from 20 October through to early December 2018.

WaterNSW to study Macquarie Valley improvements

Media release

Date published: 08 October 2018

WaterNSW will assess potentially constructing a new mid-Macquarie storage as part of wider investigations into improving water resource management in the Macquarie Valley.

Rain brings relief, wets catchment but little inflow

Media release

Date published: 05 October 2018

Much-needed rainfall in areas of the Sydney catchment and regional NSW will increase the likelihood of future inflows but have little immediate impact on WaterNSW dam storage levels.

Pumping to Copi Hollow underway as block banks extend supply

Media release

Date published: 27 September 2018

WaterNSW has commenced transferring water from Lake Pamamaroo to Copi Hollow, while block banks constructed on the Lower Darling extend essential water supplies to landholders.

Woronora Dam closed to public for vital upgrades

Media release

Date published: 24 September 2018

Woronora Dam will be closed to the public on week days until the end of the year as part of the Metropolitan Dams Electrical Upgrade Project.

WaterNSW secures deal to better deliver water to Murray users

Media release

Date published: 14 September 2018

WaterNSW has reached agreement with Murray Irrigation Limited (MIL) to use its infrastructure to transfer water more efficiently along the River Murray.

WaterNSW confirms restrictions for Macquarie Valley customers

Media release

Date published: 12 September 2018

The extreme drought conditions across NSW have resulted in WaterNSW implementing restrictions on water accounts for many Macquarie Valley customers.

Lake Yarrunga pumping will not reduce Shoalhaven water security

Media release

Date published: 05 September 2018

Tomorrow (Thursday, 6 September) WaterNSW will commence pumping water from Lake Yarrunga.

Claims that dams were “illegal” are wrong

Media release

Date published: 03 September 2018

Allegations of illegality involving dams and channels approved by WaterNSW in the Barwon-Darling are unfounded.

Sydney water supply assured

Media release

Date published: 29 August 2018

Greater Sydney’s water supply is large and secure, holding enough water to meet demand for at least two years, even in the highly unlikely event of zero inflows.

WaterNSW Statement on the Ombudsman’s Report

Media release

Date published: 17 August 2018

WaterNSW CEO David Harris today responded to the NSW Ombudsman’s report into water regulation compliance.

WaterNSW to mark half century since Blowering Dam built

Media release

Date published: 16 August 2018

WaterNSW is inviting former dam builders along with the broader community to mark 50 years since the construction of Blowering Dam was completed.

NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package

Media release

Date published: 14 August 2018

The NSW Government has announced details of its initiative to waive the fixed charge component cost of most Water Licences in rural and regional NSW.

Windamere-Burrendong potential transfer date now November

Media release

Date published: 10 August 2018

WaterNSW will undertake a bulk water transfer from Windamere Dam to Burrendong Dam as soon as November if current dry weather conditions persist.

Burrendong curtain install near complete, trial to resume

Media release

Date published: 10 August 2018

Installation of the Burrendong Dam cold water pollution curtain has reached the final stage, with work to be completed in mid-August, allowing the trial to control downstream water temperatures to resume.

Vital upgrades to begin at five metropolitan dams

Media release

Date published: 11 October 2017

WaterNSW’s five metropolitan dams are due to receive a $15 million upgrade to its electrical assets, making the sites safer, more community friendly and meet contemporary standards.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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