River flows not impacted by dam valve maintenance

River flows not impacted by dam valve maintenance

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 will undertake the work on the dam penstock in May with the intention of completing the task by July 2017.

The work has been scheduled during a period of low water demand downstream and will not cause disruption to customers.

Water System Operations Manager, Craig Cahill, said during the period from May to July both irrigation and environmental demand in Macquarie Valley is minimal, which is why the work is being carried out at this time of year.  

“The lower demands can be met by releasing the water through an additional outlet valve during the course of the works,” Mr Cahill said.

“The lower flows are adequate to meet the required demand which is primarily towns’ urban usage, stock and domestic requirements and some minor irrigation orders,” he said.

Burrendong Dam, one of the largest inland dams in NSW, currently is at 87% of its total storage capacity.

The Macquarie Cudgegong Customer Service Committee was advised of the scheduled maintenance works and maximum release capacities at the group’s February meeting

WaterNSW keeps customers informed of projects and upgrades at www.waternsw.com.au

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: 6841 2006


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