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The WaterNSW newsroom provides access to our latest media releases/statements and community service announcements including algal alerts.

WaterNSW’s media team can be contacted via:

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


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.

Bendeela Reserve open for school holidays

Community service announcement

Date published: 26 September 2018

WaterNSW is opening the popular, family-friendly back area of Bendeela Recreation Area for the October school holidays.

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.

Connecting Kids with Catchments and Creeks Leura Creek Catchment Crawl

Newsletter article

Date published: 06 September 2018

A Leura Creek Catchment Crawl was conducted with ~60 stage two and three students from Katoomba Public School and St Canice’s Primary School in August 2018.

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.

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.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Chifley Dam

Media release

Date published: 09 July 2018

A Red Alert warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Chifley Dam near Bathurst.

WaterNSW cements status as customer info service hub

Media release

Date published: 06 July 2018

WaterNSW has further consolidated its role as the principal source of customer services and water information in NSW following the addition of crucial information to its website.

Roles of water management agencies in NSW

Community service announcement

Date published: 27 June 2018

As a result of the NSW Government’s water reform package, there are now four agencies responsible for developing and implementing the regulatory framework for water management in regional NSW.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Macintyre River below Goondiwindi

Media release

Date published: 08 June 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Macintyre River below Goondiwindi. This alert is applicable for the entire Macintyre River below Goondiwindi.

Carryover reminder as water year ends

Media release

Date published: 08 June 2018

The 2017/18 water year is set to close which could result in some customers forfeiting water.

WaterNSW unveils 20-year rural infrastructure options

Media release

Date published: 06 June 2018

WaterNSW has developed a 20-year infrastructure options study for the state’s major rural river valleys to address future challenges in operating regulated river systems, with potential to enhance service levels and guide future investment.

Blue-green algae red alert for Cudgegong arm of Burrendong Dam

Newsletter article

Date published: 05 June 2018

A red alert warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Cudgegong River arm of Burrendong Dam located in the Central West region.

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Windamere Dam

Newsletter article

Date published: 22 May 2018

The Central West Regional Algal Coordinating Committee (CW-RACC) today announced that the previously issued high level algal warning (red alert) at Windamere Dam has now been downgraded to medium level (amber alert).

Pump ban remains as environmental flow reaches Brewarrina

Media release

Date published: 18 May 2018

A pump restriction remains in place for A, B and C class irrigation licences in the Barwon-Darling as a major environmental release being conducted by WaterNSW on behalf of state and Commonwealth governments reaches Brewarrina.

Inter-valley trade update

Community service announcement

Date published: 16 May 2018

WaterNSW advises the market that it has processed a large order from an established tagged licence in the Murray system for delivery in the Murrumbidgee valley.  The order was placed by Murrumbidgee Irrigation, who consented to WaterNSW identifying them.

Major environmental flow entering Barwon-Darling

Media release

Date published: 11 May 2018

A major environmental release being conducted by WaterNSW on behalf of state and Commonwealth governments is set to peak on the Barwon River at Collarenebri within 24 hours.

WaterNSW recalculates system yield in declared catchment

Media release

Date published: 10 May 2018

In accordance with our Operating Licence, WaterNSW has recalculated the System Yield in respect of the Declared Catchment Area.

WaterNSW confirms pump restrictions on Barwon-Darling extended

Media release

Date published: 27 April 2018

Temporary pump restrictions on A, B and C class water access licences in the Barwon-Darling Unregulated River now apply for the entire length of the system, WaterNSW confirmed today.

Murrumbidgee water trade closure and carryover

Media release

Date published: 18 April 2018

Water trading in the Murrumbidgee valley is set to close for the year and could impact on the carryover water held by licence holders.

Major environmental flow to benefit Barwon-Darling

Media release

Date published: 17 April 2018

WaterNSW will begin delivering a major environmental release on behalf of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) into the Barwon-Darling system that could extend from Mungindi as far as the Menindee lakes.

Tour Chaffey Dam wall on Open Day

Media release

Date published: 09 April 2018

The Chaffey Dam wall will be opened for public tours as part of the WaterNSW Chaffey Dam Open Day on Saturday, 21 April 2018.

Pumping underway from Tandure to Wetherell as dry tightens grip

Media release

Date published: 29 March 2018

WaterNSW has constructed a block bank between Lake Tandure and Lake Wetherell and commenced pumping from Tandure to Wetherell, to ensure maximum usage of water in the system to support local communities.

WaterNSW confirms pump restrictions on Barwon-Darling extended

Media release

Date published: 29 March 2018

Temporary restrictions on A, B and C class water access licences in the Barwon-Darling Unregulated River announced on 9 March have been extended to 28 April, WaterNSW confirmed today.

Online tool helps public check for algae in waterways

Media release

Date published: 28 March 2018

The public is being encouraged to utilise a new online tool to be informed of possible blue-green algae alerts in New South Wales waterways.

WaterNSW takes steps to keep Bendeela family friendly

Media release

Date published: 28 March 2018

WaterNSW is encouraging campers and visitors to enjoy the designated family-friendly section at the Bendeela Recreation Area, with the rear camping area open to vehicles for Easter and the April school holidays.

WaterNSW implements reform measure from Matthews report

Media release

Date published: 16 March 2018

WaterNSW has commenced the implementation of a key recommendation from the Matthews report into water management, which called for greater transparency around water regulation.

WaterNSW brings prosecutions against Barwon-Darling irrigators

Media release

Date published: 08 March 2018

WaterNSW today announces that following an extensive period of investigation, it has commenced several prosecution proceedings.

WaterNSW accepts Ombudsman report, acts to ensure accuracy

Media release

Date published: 08 March 2018

WaterNSW will implement more rigorous internal processes to ensure that information provided to regulatory authorities is accurate.

WaterNSW announces temporary restrictions on Barwon-Darling

Media release

Date published: 08 March 2018

Temporary restrictions on A, B and C class water access licences in the Barwon-Darling Unregulated River will be in place from 9 March, WaterNSW announced today.

WaterNSW set to pump from Tandure to Wetherell

Media release

Date published: 07 March 2018

WaterNSW is preparing to transfer water from Lake Tandure into Lake Wetherell as the Menindee lakes system total storage volume falls below 17% of capacity.

IPART Audit Confirms WaterNSW Operations Achieve High Compliance with Operating Licences

Media release

Date published: 06 March 2018

WaterNSW has welcomed a report into its operations by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

WaterNSW backs new panel to review catchment mining

Media release

Date published: 02 March 2018

WaterNSW strongly supports the NSW Government’s decision to establish an independent expert panel to advise on future longwall mining applications in the Sydney drinking water catchment’s sensitive Special Areas.

Vital electrical upgrades begin at Nepean Dam

Media release

Date published: 14 February 2018

Public access to the Nepean Dam crest and recreation areas will be closed temporarily on weekdays from 19 February until further notice as work begins to upgrade electrical infrastructure at five of WaterNSW’s metropolitan dams.

WaterNSW releases figures on lakes usage

Media release

Date published: 05 February 2018

WaterNSW has released figures confirming that evaporation and losses due to seepage consumed the majority of the water that made its way into the Menindee lakes system in the past 18 months.

Tandure transfer to Wetherell next as Darling dries

Media release

Date published: 23 January 2018

WaterNSW could begin pumping water from Lake Tandure into Lake Wetherell as soon as March if the prevailing drought conditions continue to dry the Darling River.

Oberon Dam picnic area open, playground closed

Community service announcement

Date published: 15 January 2018

WaterNSW is advising visitors to Oberon Dam that the popular park will remain open for picnics and day visits, while maintenance work is underway on the playground, which will be off limits.

Lakes’ releases minimal as Darling flows dwindle

Media release

Date published: 11 January 2018

WaterNSW is working with Lower Darling landholders to maintain supply to Broken Hill while extending supply to communities downstream of Menindee lakes for as long as possible.

Pesticide use notice

Media release

Date published: 08 January 2018

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:

Technology drives WaterNSW’s customer commitment

Media release

Date published: 28 December 2017

WaterNSW has launched a world-leading contact centre platform for our customers, building on a huge 12 months of transformation for the organisation.

Increased staff presence at Bendeela over holidays

Media release

Date published: 11 December 2017

WaterNSW will increase staff and provide an alcohol-free, family-friendly section at its popular Bendeela Recreation Area in the Kangaroo Valley over the summer holiday period.

Water plan prepared as drought saps Darling flows

Media release

Date published: 08 December 2017

WaterNSW is planning to ensure Broken Hill and Menindee communities receive a continuous flow of water even if there is a repeat of the worst drought on record.

Fish River residents urged to conserve water

Media release

Date published: 04 December 2017

Landholders reliant on the Fish River Water Supply Scheme will be subjected to Lithgow City Council’s Level 3 water restrictions as WaterNSW completes vital maintenance work from December 5-8.

WaterNSW dams to capture rain event inflows without spill

Media release

Date published: 01 December 2017

WaterNSW dams will capture any run-off generated by a major weather event forecast to occur in coming days over the central and southern regions of NSW.

WaterNSW responds to NSW Ombudsman’s interim report

Media release

Date published: 16 November 2017

The NSW Ombudsman’s most recent investigation was triggered in June 2016, when allegations were made against DPI Water’s (now Crown Lands & Water) handling of a certain matter. DPI Water continued to manage compliance in this matter into 2017.

Blue-green algae red alert for Pindari Dam storage

Media release

Date published: 25 October 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the storage at Pindari Dam located north of Inverell.

Investing in Sydney's long-term water future

Media release

Date published: 24 October 2017

Sydney’s water supply is protected and sustainable.

River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline awarded

Media release

Date published: 23 October 2017

WaterNSW has appointed a consortium of John Holland, MPC Group and TRILITY to design, build, operate and maintain the River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline. The project will secure long-term water supply for Broken Hill and enable growth and prosperity for local communities.

Blue-green algae red alert for Boggabilla Weir

Media release

Date published: 23 October 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Boggabilla Weir, located at Boggabilla, near Goondiwindi.

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.

WaterNSW facilitates successful start to trout season

Media release

Date published: 29 September 2017

WaterNSW is system operator for the state’s water systems and in that function always seeks to meet both customer and broader community needs.

Fishing club takes over Bells Bay Camping Ground

Media release

Date published: 21 September 2017

The scenic Bells Bay Camping Ground near Toonumbar Dam is under caretaker management and will be open for the school holidays, which begin next week.

Berembed weir reserve reopens to public

Media release

Date published: 20 September 2017

Berembed weir reserve will reopen to the public from Friday, 22 September, WaterNSW confirmed today.

WaterNSW: Report key to reducing mining risk

Media release

Date published: 13 September 2017

Key recommendations from a Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) report, which highlights the risk posed to Sydney’s drinking water supply by longwall mining, should be incorporated into the assessment of mining applications, WaterNSW said in a statement today.

WaterNSW to work with Govt to implement Matthews’ reforms

Media release

Date published: 11 September 2017

WaterNSW welcomes both the Interim Report from Mr Ken Matthews AO, and the response from NSW Minister for Regional Water, The Hon Niall Blair MLC, of in-principle support for the report’s recommendations.

Burrendong Flow Changes

Media release

Date published: 25 August 2017

Burrendong investigation to impact river heights.

Menindee Lakes in Conservation Mode as Inflows Dwindle

Media release

Date published: 23 August 2017

Stakeholders consulted on drought management options as inflows into Menindee Lakes dwindle.

Berrima contamination levels

Media release

Date published: 21 August 2017

WaterNSW will work with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Division of Resources and Geosciences (DRG) to ascertain the accuracy of data published today concerning contaminated water being discharged from Berrima Mine.

Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements

Community service announcement

Date published: 07 July 2017

New Commonwealth Government initiative: Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements – do you need to register?

Burrendong 50th anniversary celebration

Media release

Date published: 04 July 2017

WaterNSW to mark half century since Burrendong Dam built.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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