Pump ban remains as environmental flow reaches Brewarrina

Pump ban remains as environmental flow reaches Brewarrina

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.

Releases into the Border Rivers and Gwydir valley in late April - ordered by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) - are expected to eventually extend from Mungindi to the Menindee lakes.

Temporary pump restrictions on A, B and C class water access licences in the Barwon-Darling remain in place and apply for the entire length of the system. The restriction will remain in place until 22 June. The only extractions permitted are for stock and domestic supply and town water.

This environmental release is one of two flow events progressing along separate stretches of the parched Barwon-Darling system bringing benefit to local landholders, communities and the environment.

A naturally occurring flow which entered the Darling from Queensland in March is flowing downstream of Wilcannia, while the joint environmental releases are expected to sustain low levels flow downstream of Brewarrina and reach Wilcannia in late June.

If significant rainfall should occur during the watering event, WaterNSW will assess the inflow volumes and advise licensed water holders as to what access they have to those flows. Customer access arrangements will be published on the WaterNSW website.

For information on pumping regulations in the Barwon-Darling visit https://www.waternsw.com.au/supply/regional-nsw/barwon-darling

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: 0428 613 478


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