Status report for Menindee Lakes

Status report for Menindee Lakes

Lake Menindee
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.

The Menindee lakes system currently holds approximately 1,579 gigalitres (GL), or 94% of its total capacity.

Lakes Wetherell (129%) and Pamamaroo (125%) remain surcharged, while Lake Menindee holds more than 475GL or 80% of its capacity and Lake Cawndilla holds about 512 GL or 94% of its capacity.

Menindee Lakes (current volume, % of storage capacity)

  • Total storage volume – 1,579GL, 94%
  • Lake Wetherell – 248GL, 129%
  • Lake Pamamaroo – 344GL, 125%
  • Lake Menindee – 475GL, 80%
  • Lake Cawndilla – 512GL, 94%
  • Total inflows (since July 2016) – 1,674GL

Water balance (1 Dec – 15 Dec)

Total inflows: 168 GL

Total releases: 29 GL

Evaporation from storages (1 Dec – 15 Dec)

  • Lake Wetherell – 13GL
  • Lake Pamamaroo – 8GL
  • Lake Menindee – 19GL
  • Lake Cawndilla – 11GL
  • Total estimated evaporation loss – 51GL

Inflows are receding, with the likelihood of a further 30GL received into the lakes by end-December.

Current dam storage information is available on the WaterNSW website www.waternsw.com.au.

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: 0428 613 478

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Friday 14 December
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Friday 14 December