Newsroom

Newsroom

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


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.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Murrumbidgee River at Hay Weir Buoy

Algal alerts

Date published: 19 December 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Murrumbidgee River at Hay Weir Buoy in the Murrumbidgee Region.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Pindari Dam storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 18 December 2018

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

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Murrumbidgee River at Maude weir Buoy and Murrumbidgee River at Redbank weir Buoy.

Algal alerts

Date published: 14 December 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Murrumbidgee River at Maude weir Buoy and Murrumbidgee River at Redbank weir Buoy in the Murrumbidgee Region.

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.

Red Alert algae warning lifted at Pindari Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 06 December 2018

The Red Alert for blue-green algae at Pindari Dam has now been lifted following two consecutive results below red alert levels at each storage site. Blue green algae concentrations have decreased over the past few weeks with the lake now at Amber Alert.

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.

Alerts at Wetherell, Pamamaroo, Copi, & Darling River at Menindee

Algal alerts

Date published: 30 November 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lakes Wetherell and Pamamaroo as well as Copi Hollow in the Menindee Lakes system, and for the Darling River at Menindee, all located in the Sunraysia region.

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.

Pian Creek water extraction

Community service announcement

Date published: 26 November 2018

WaterNSW confirms the structure and associated extraction on the Pian Creek is legal.

Algae red alert for Lake Cawndilla in Menindee Lakes system

Algal alerts

Date published: 20 November 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lake Cawndilla in the Menindee Lakes system, located in the Sunraysia region.

Red Alert warning lifted at Lower Darling: Burtundy to Jamesville block bank

Algal alerts

Date published: 16 November 2018

The Red Alert warning in Lower Darling River at Burtundy and upstream approximately 20 km to include the Jamesville block bank pool has been lifted following two consecutive results below red alert levels.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Pindari Dam storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 16 October 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Burrendong Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 21 June 2018

An update to the Red Alert warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Burrendong Dam located in the Central West. The whole storage is now on Red Alert due the high concentrations of blue green algae being detected on both the Cudgegong (Cudgegong River) and Mookerawa (Macquarie River) arms of the storage.

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.

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.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Copeton Dam storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 14 May 2018

The Barwon Regional Algal Coordinating Committee (B-RACC) today announced that a high level warning (red alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the storage at Copeton Dam near Inverell.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Lostock Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 30 April 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lostock Dam in the Hunter region. The dam is currently spilling which may see blue-green algae concentrations moved downstream.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Lake Windamere storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 19 April 2018

A Red Alert warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the storage Lake Windamere near Mudgee.

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.

WaterNSW red alert for blue-green algae at Goodhope in Burrinjuck Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 17 April 2018

WaterNSW has issued a red alert warning for blue-green algae at Goodhope in Burrinjuck Dam.

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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Burrendong Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 13 April 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Burrendong Dam in the Central West region..

Blue green algae Red Alert warning lifted at Windamere Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 10 April 2018

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Red Alert warning lifted at Lake Ainsworth

Algal alerts

Date published: 21 March 2018

The red alert warning for Lake Ainsworth has been lifted by Ballina Shire Council following consecutive results below red alert levels over the past two weeks. Lake Ainsworth is now at Amber Alert with some visible scums still present in areas of the lake.

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.

Red Alert warning lifted for Edward River at Deniliquin

Algal alerts

Date published: 16 March 2018

The red alert warning for Edward River at Deniliquin has now been lifted following consecutive results below red alert levels over the past two weeks. The Edward River at Deniliquin is now at Amber Alert with monitoring still in place.

Blue-green algae red alert for Lake Windamere storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 16 March 2018

A Red Alert warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the storage Lake Windamere near Mudgee.

Red Alert warning lifted at Toonumbar Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 15 March 2018

The red alert at Toonumbar Dam has now been lifted following two consecutive results below red alert levels. The dam is now at Amber Alert with weekly monitoring still in place.

Blue-green algae red alert re-issued for Lachlan River at Willandra Weir

Algal alerts

Date published: 12 March 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been re-issued for the Lachlan River at Willandra Weir.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Darling River at Wilcannia and Darling River at Caulpaulin

Algal alerts

Date published: 09 March 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Darling River at Caulpaulin and the Darling River at Wilcannia.

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 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 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 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.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth

Algal alerts

Date published: 06 March 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lake Ainsworth in the North Coast region by Ballina Shire Council.

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).

Algae red alert for Edward River at Deniliquin and Gulpa Creek at Mathoura

Algal alerts

Date published: 06 March 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Edward River at Deniliquin and Gulpa Creek at Mathoura.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Macintyre River at Inverell

Algal alerts

Date published: 02 March 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Macintyre River at Inverell.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Williams River – Seaham Weir

Algal alerts

Date published: 02 March 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued by Hunter Water Corporation for Williams River– Seaham Weir in the Hunter region.

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.

Algal red alert for Lower Darling River at Pooncarie and Burtundy

Algal alerts

Date published: 27 February 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Lower Darling River from Pooncarie to Burtundy inclusive, WaterNSW announced today. This red alert may slowly move further downstream with water flow although current results are at amber levels.

WaterNSW extends blue-green algae red alert to Hay Weir Pool

Algal alerts

Date published: 26 February 2018

WaterNSW has extended its red level (high alert) warning for blue-green algae to take in all of the Hay Weir Pool.

Blue-green algae red alert for Macintyre River at Lake Inverell

Algal alerts

Date published: 23 February 2018

WaterNSW has issued a red level (high alert) warning for blue-green algae at Macintyre River at Lake Inverell.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Toonumbar Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 20 February 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Toonumbar Dam in the North Coast region.

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.

Blue-green algae red alert for Hunter River upstream of Glenbawn Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 13 February 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Hunter River upstream of Glenbawn Dam in the Hunter region.

Blue-green algae red alert for Manilla River downstream Split Rock Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 06 February 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Manilla River downstream Split Rock Dam near Tamworth.

Blue-green algae red alert for Murrumbidgee at Maude weir buoy

Algal alerts

Date published: 05 February 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Murrumbidgee River at Maude weir buoy, with the bloom expected to move downstream with the current.

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.

Blue-green algae red alert at Lostock Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 02 February 2018

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lostock Dam in the Hunter region.

Blue-green algae red alert at Split Rock Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 02 February 2018

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the water storage at Split Rock Dam near Tamworth.

Blue-green algae red alert at Raymond Terrace

Algal alerts

Date published: 01 February 2018

Port Stephens Council has issued a red alert for blue-green algal at Newline Road Wetland and Ross Wallbridge Reserve, Raymond Terrace, due to a bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae Microcystis spp.

Mannus Lake algal red alert now on Tumbarumba Ck, Tooma River

Algal alerts

Date published: 24 January 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae on Mannus Lake near Tumbarumba has been extended to cover Mannus Creek downstream, Tumbarumba Creek and Tooma River at Tooma Road Bridge.

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.

Blue green algae red alert warning lifted at Copeton Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 18 January 2018

The Barwon Regional Algal Coordinating Committee today announced that the previously issued red level algal warning (high alert) at Copeton Dam has been downgraded to amber level (medium alert).

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.

Blue-green algae red alert re-issued for Lake Brewster

Algal alerts

Date published: 15 January 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been re-issued for the Lachlan River at Lake Brewster, following an earlier red alert issued in December.

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

Algal alerts

Date published: 12 January 2018

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Manus Lake and downstream in Manus Creek in the vicinity of Tumbarumba. This algal warning would be expected to continue to move further downstream with water flow.

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.

Blue-green algae red alert for Lake Wetherell and Lake Menindee

Algal alerts

Date published: 14 December 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lake Wetherell and a red alert for Lake Menindee issued in September continues, WaterNSW announced today.

Blue-green algae red alert for Lachlan River at Lake Brewster

Algal alerts

Date published: 11 December 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Lachlan River at Lake Brewster and Willandra weir.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue-green algae red alert for Copeton Dam storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 11 October 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the storage at Copeton Dam near Inverell.

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

Blue-green algae alert for Lostock Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 21 April 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lostock Dam, due to the presence of a visible algal scum observed in the storage on the 20th April. Further testing is currently underway.

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.

Blue-green algae alert for Windamere Dam storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 12 April 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the storage at Windamere Dam in the state’s central west.

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.

Blue-green algae alert for the Murrimbidgee River at Hay Weir

Algal alerts

Date published: 21 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Murrimbidgee River at Hay Weir.

Blue-green algae alert for Lake Windamere

Algal alerts

Date published: 17 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lake Windamere.

Blue-green algae alert for Toonumbar Storage

Algal alerts

Date published: 17 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Toonumbar Storage.

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.

Blue-green algae alert for Pindari Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 08 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Pindari Dam.

Blue-green algae alert for Lostock Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 08 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lostock Dam.

Blue-green algae alert for Lake Inverell Dam

Algal alerts

Date published: 07 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Lake Inverell Dam.

Blue-green algae alert for the Darling River at Tilpa

Algal alerts

Date published: 06 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Darling River at Tilpa.

Blue-green algae alert for the Bogan River at Gongolgon

Algal alerts

Date published: 06 March 2017

A red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for the Bogan River at Gongolgon.

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.

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