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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

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Our Response

Media release

Date published: 13 September 2021

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

IPART pricing determinations support water sector

Media release

Date published: 09 September 2021

WaterNSW welcomes the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) rural valleys bulk water and Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC) determinations, handed down today.

Regional dam storages rising as rain forecast remains

Media release

Date published: 08 September 2021

WaterNSW will continue to work with the Bureau of Meteorology to ensure the effective management of airspace releases and storage levels while maintaining water security for the local communities.

With airspace gained, WaterNSW cuts releases as rain looms

Media release

Date published: 03 September 2021

WaterNSW will today cut releases at the dams expected to receive the highest volume of inflows from the weekend rain event forecast for much of the state.

Wyangala Dam cut Lachlan flood impact by three-quarters

Media release

Date published: 31 August 2021

Strategically timed pre-releases and round-the-clock storage management by on-site dam personnel resulted in Wyangala Dam reducing downstream impacts in the Lachlan valley from the most recent rain event by three-quarters.

Wyangala Dam releases increase as full capacity expected

Media release

Date published: 25 August 2021

WaterNSW has resumed higher releases from Wyangala Dam as inflows continue to increase and the storage is expected to fill later today.

Release rates fall as dam levels reduced to catch inflows

Media release

Date published: 20 August 2021

Dam releases from WaterNSW storages in key valleys have been wound back with drier weather conditions now presenting across the state.

Blowering releases reduced as storage capacity grows

Media release

Date published: 17 August 2021

WaterNSW has decreased releases from Blowering Dam storage as the volume drops to less than 96% of capacity and inflows decrease.

Wyangala Dam releases reduced

Media release

Date published: 12 August 2021

Releases from Wyangala Dam into the Lachlan River have been reduced from 11 gigalitres per day (GL/day) to 8 GL/day, to reduce downstream river heights.

Dam releases create capacity to capture next inflows

Media release

Date published: 11 August 2021

WaterNSW storages in key valleys have been reduced, to increase dams’ capacity to capture future inflows, in line with this season’s wetter weather forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Murrumbidgee inter-valley trade options paper

Media release

Date published: 29 July 2021

WaterNSW has released for public consultation an options paper for the inter-valley trade (IVT) between the Murrumbidgee and Murray systems.

Wyangala Dam releases to increase as rain event looms

Media release

Date published: 28 July 2021

WaterNSW is continuing airspace operations at Wyangala Dam to maximise storage capacity to capture inflows anticipated from weekend rain forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Stock alert as Murrumbidgee dam releases continue

Media release

Date published: 28 July 2021

WaterNSW is reminding landholders to relocate livestock from low-lying areas in the Tumut and Murrumbidgee valleys, as pre-flood releases from Murrumbidgee dams and downstream tributary flows lift river heights to near minor flood level.

Burrinjuck releases extended as next rain event looms

Media release

Date published: 22 July 2021

WaterNSW is extending its airspace operations at Burrinjuck Dam to maximise storage capacity to capture inflows anticipated from rain forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for the weekend.

Lake Cargelligo embankment dams receive capital upgrade

Media release

Date published: 20 July 2021

WaterNSW, the state’s bulk water supplier and system operator, is upgrading the five embankment dams of Lake Cargelligo.

Burrinjuck releases increased as next rain event looms

Media release

Date published: 20 July 2021

WaterNSW is increasing airspace releases from Burrinjuck Dam to increase storage capacity to capture more inflows anticipated from rain forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for the weekend.

Red Alert warning lifted at the Hunter River upstream Glenbawn Dam

Media release

Date published: 20 July 2021

The red alert at the Hunter River at Glenbawn Dam has now been lifted. Blooms present in the river and upper reaches of Glenbawn Dam have subsided over the past few weeks

Panel input guides Wyangala Dam airspace targets

Media release

Date published: 15 July 2021

WaterNSW is working with the Bureau of Meteorology and local stakeholder groups to ensure the effective management of the current rain event, including current and future airspace operations in Wyangala Dam.

WaterNSW Awarded TAFE NSW Industry Partnership Award

Media release

Date published: 10 June 2021

A joint initiative between WaterNSW, TAFE NSW, Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (MPRA) and the Regional Enterprise Development Institute (REDI.E), to work with the local Aboriginal community as part of the Wilcannia Weir Replacement project, has been recognised with a major award.

Inflows likely for Murrumbidgee valley’s major dams

Media release

Date published: 10 June 2021

WaterNSW is working with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to monitor a widespread rain event occurring across much of the state in coming days, including south-east NSW.

Greater Sydney Dam Storage Update

Media release

Date published: 08 May 2021

The recent rain overnight in Greater Sydney has seen more rainfall than forecast in Sydney’s catchment areas, producing additional minor inflows into the city’s dams.

Public recreational access to Brogo Dam restricted due to hazard reduction burn

Media release

Date published: 29 April 2021

National Parks and Wildlife Services has advised WaterNSW it will be undertaking a hazard reduction burn at Wadbiliga National Park this weekend, Saturday 1 May and Sunday 2 May.

Barwon Darling inflows diverted into Lake Menindee

Media release

Date published: 22 April 2021

WaterNSW is monitoring the second significant inflow event into the Menindee lakes system to occur in the past 12 months.

Murrumbidgee valley’s major supply dams rising

Media release

Date published: 15 April 2021

WaterNSW is monitoring rising storage levels at the two major supply dams for the Murrumbidgee valley, as inflows persist.

Murrumbidgee valley’s major supply dams rising

Media release

Date published: 15 April 2021

WaterNSW is monitoring rising storage levels at the two major supply dams for the Murrumbidgee valley, as inflows persist.

Warragamba spill rate continues to fall as inflows drop

Media release

Date published: 24 March 2021

The volume of water spilling from Warragamba dam has fallen further to 200 gigalitres per day (GL/day) down from a rate of 240 GL/day yesterday, after peaking at 500 GL/day on Sunday.

Warragamba Dam spill rate drops lower as inflows fall

Media release

Date published: 23 March 2021

The volume of water spilling from Warragamba dam has fallen to 240 gigalitres per day (GL/day) down from a rate of 300 GL/day yesterday, after peaking at 500 GL/day on Sunday.

Warragamba Dam spill peaks but more rain forecast

Media release

Date published: 22 March 2021

The volume of water spilling from Warragamba dam is currently 300 gigalitres per day (GL/day), after falling from an overnight peak of 500 GL/day.

Huge rain event driving major Warragamba Dam spill

Media release

Date published: 21 March 2021

Heavy rain is generating a major spill event at Warragamba Dam, with inflows from the catchment likely to sustain large-volume spill activity for days.

Rain filling Sydney dams, Warragamba spill imminent

Media release

Date published: 20 March 2021

Heavy rain is generating large inflows that are filling Sydney’s supply dam network, with Warragamba Dam forecast to fill and commence spilling by mid-afternoon today (Saturday, 20 March).

Rain expected to fill Warragamba and Sydney’s supply dams

Media release

Date published: 19 March 2021

Forecast heavy rain over coming days is set to push all of Sydney’s water supply dams close to capacity, with many potentially spilling over the weekend, including Warragamba.

WaterNSW welcomes IPART draft bulk water pricing determination

Media release

Date published: 16 March 2021

WaterNSW welcomes The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) draft report on rural bulk water supplies and water resource management in NSW.

WaterNSW investigating replacement of damaged Gin Gin weir

Media release

Date published: 19 February 2021

WaterNSW is continuing its works to investigate replacing the existing, century-old Gin Gin weir with a 21st century, more environmentally suitable structure.

WaterNSW outlines info flow on new Barwon-Darling water rule

Media release

Date published: 29 January 2021

In the lead up to the activation of a new rule in the Barwon-Darling water sharing plan, WaterNSW met with local councils, farmers and irrigators from the northern and southern basin, as well as government environmental authorities at least nine times to ensure the implementation of the new rule was understood.

WaterNSW corrects record on successful Barwon-Darling connectivity event

Media release

Date published: 29 January 2021

WaterNSW has moved to correct the record – and acknowledge the role our customers played – in the successful resumption of flow connectivity event in the Barwon-Darling.

Barwon-Darling customers advised to monitor WaterInsights for information on water sharing plan rule trigger

Media release

Date published: 22 January 2021

WaterNSW is advising unregulated customers on the Barwon-Darling River system to closely monitor its WaterInsights platform as flows in the upper reaches come close to triggering the retraction of a pumping restriction which came into effect on January 12.

WaterNSW alerts Barwon-Darling customers to new water sharing plan rule trigger

Media release

Date published: 06 January 2021

WaterNSW is advising unregulated customers on the Barwon-Darling River system that a new rule in the NSW Government’s water sharing plan will likely come into effect on Tuesday, January 12.

Christmas rain helps bolster water levels over holiday period

Media release

Date published: 04 January 2021

Healthy Christmas holiday rainfall across parts of New South Wales has resulted in a rise in river flows and dam levels in the Northern parts of the state and the Hunter and North Coast, while metropolitan storages remain close to full.

WaterNSW advises locals and holiday makers to monitor river conditions

Media release

Date published: 04 January 2021

WaterNSW recommends people travelling over the summer holidays, especially to areas around the River Murray, regularly check its website for updates on blue-green algae, river levels and water temperature.

Caution issued for Lower Murray between Mt Dispersion & Wentworth

Media release

Date published: 31 December 2020

WaterNSW has issued a cautionary warning for toxic blue-green algae on the Lower Murray River between Mt Dispersion and Wentworth.

WaterNSW independent internal investigation finds inducement claims unsubstantiated

Media release

Date published: 24 December 2020

Last month WaterNSW established an investigation to examine statements made by Gundungurra traditional owner, Ms Kazan Brown, concerning WaterNSW (and its contractors) at a hearing of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Proposal to Raise the Warragamba Dam Wall.

Northern valley dams’ mixed fortunes in recent rain event

Media release

Date published: 22 December 2020

Major northern valley supply dams look likely to receive only minor inflows despite the most recent rain event to cross the region in the previous 24 hours

WaterNSW establishes internal investigation following inquiry allegations

Media release

Date published: 10 November 2020

Recent evidence given at a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Proposal to Raise the Warragamba Dam Wall contained allegations against a WaterNSW employee. WaterNSW takes these allegations seriously.

In response to these allegations, WaterNSW will be conducting an internal investigation. No further comment will be made while the investigation is underway.

Murrumbidgee dams rising, Burrinjuck releases increased

Media release

Date published: 04 November 2020

WaterNSW has increased releases from Burrinjuck Dam as the storage rises to 92% of storage capacity as a result of the weekend rain event and agricultural demand increases.

Cold water pollution trial on hold, curtain damaged

Media release

Date published: 21 October 2020

The cold water pollution trial at Burrendong Dam will remain suspended while WaterNSW assesses damage to the curtain installed as a potential solution.

Storage story positive as WaterNSW releases continue

Media release

Date published: 09 September 2020

Storage levels in the Murrumbidgee’s two major supply dams paint a positive picture for communities recently in drought, and with a wet spring forecast, WaterNSW is making releases in preparation for future inflows.

WaterNSW continues releases from Warragamba dam

Media release

Date published: 02 September 2020

WaterNSW is continuing to make controlled, operational releases from Sydney’s largest supply dam after it filled and spilled just six-months after levels dropped below 45 percent.

Bushfire inquiry commends WaterNSW for protection of catchment and water quality

Media release

Date published: 31 August 2020

WaterNSW has been commended for successfully preventing critical damage to essential water supply and related electricity infrastructure during the devastating black summer bushfires.

Murrumbidgee dams rising as BoM forecasts wet Spring

Media release

Date published: 28 August 2020

WaterNSW is monitoring rising storage levels at the two major supply dams for the Murrumbidgee valley, as the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasts ongoing wet conditions for the region over Spring.

Operating Warragamba when at 100% capacity

Media release

Date published: 20 August 2020

Find out how WaterNSW operate Warragamba dam when storage capacity is at 100%.

WaterNSW Response to Greater Sydney Catchment audit

Media release

Date published: 19 August 2020

Urgent works temporarily stopping releases from Blowering Dam

Media release

Date published: 19 August 2020

Releases from Blowering Dam will be temporarily stopped tomorrow to allow for urgent remedial works. The public recreational areas will remain open for the duration of the closure.

WaterNSW pressing on with plan to replace ageing Gin Gin weir

Media release

Date published: 14 August 2020

WaterNSW will outlay its plans to replace the existing, century-old Gin Gin weir with a 21st century, more environmentally suitable structure at the next round of community information sessions next week.

Recent rain results in good inflows for regional dams

Media release

Date published: 30 July 2020

Important regional water storages are seeing a welcome increase after days of rain makes its way into major dams.

Farmers expected to flock to national first water dashboard

Media release

Date published: 24 July 2020

Farmers, environmentalists and recreational users are expected to flock to a ground-breaking new online information hub with potential to revolutionise water management, pioneered by WaterNSW.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Barwon-Darling A-class licence holders advised they can resume pumping

Media release

Date published: 25 January 2000

WaterNSW has advised A class licence-holders that they can again access water in the Barwon-Darling River as of 9am Sunday 24th of January.

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