WaterNSW confirms pump restrictions on Barwon-Darling extended

WaterNSW confirms pump restrictions on Barwon-Darling extended

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.

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.

The NSW Government today announced a further temporary water restriction order in the Barwon-Darling system, stretching from the Queensland border to the Menindee Lakes, to protect environmental water releases currently underway.

The temporary water restrictions, which exclude town water supply, stock and domestic and basic landholder rights will protect environmental water releases from the Border Rivers and Gwydir catchments and applies along the entire Barwon-Darling unregulated river system. The restriction will remain in place until 22 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. Event forecast and customer access arrangement will be published on the WaterNSW website.

WaterNSW commenced delivering a major environmental release last week 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 as far as the Menindee lakes.

Water deliveries that will ultimately total in excess of 23,000 megalitres will commence this week from Copeton Dam on the Gwydir River and Glenlyon Dam on the Border Rivers in Queensland.

As a large release from regulated tributaries into the Barwon-Darling, the operation is a first and WaterNSW and the CEWH will closely monitor its success via the rivers’ gauging network and with on-ground personnel.

Executive Manager, System Operations Adrian Langdon said WaterNSW and the CEWH are working with customers to ensure their obligations and entitlements are clear.

“We are working hard with customers and stakeholders to ensure that both the environmental water is protected and that in the unlikely event of rainfall, other users’ rights to pump additional inflows are not affected.  This is the win-win we are all trying to achieve.”

“WaterNSW has committed additional resources to ensure the objectives of this environmental flow are fully realised.  We are also taking the opportunity to have our in-field team work together during the environmental flow event with new Natural Resource Access Regulator (NRAR) staff to kick-off what needs to be a very collaborative relationship between our agencies.”

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

For information on the restrictions contact 1300 662 077

Media contact: Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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