Community information sessions planned for Peel River landholders and users re: drought flow cuts

Community information sessions planned for Peel River landholders and users re: drought flow cuts

11 July 2019

WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council will host community information sessions next month for landholders, industry, irrigators and other water users potentially affected by drought response measures.

These measures are necessary to ensure critical town water supply, should the drought and record low dam inflows continue.

Measures include cutting Peel River flows at Dungowan with a temporary weir (block-bank) by the end of the year if the drought persists, restricting access to downstream landholders.

The information sessions will occur in early August with details advised by local media and on the websites of WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council.

In the interim WaterNSW is writing to landholders identified as potentially affected by these measures to ensure they are aware of possible impacts and to provide them with details about the upcoming information sessions.

To extend critical water supply to Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal at least two temporary weirs will need installing to restrict river flows upstream and downstream of Tamworth.

This project was included in a NSW Government announcement of $5.3 million in water security projects to extend essential town supply to Tamworth.

$3.4million has been allocated to implement short-term works to reduce transmission losses from water travelling via the Peel River to Tamworth, including utilising the existing Dungowan to Tamworth pipeline.

Almost $2 million will be used to plan for a long-term water security solution for Tamworth involving a proposed pipeline from Chaffey Dam to the existing Dungowan to Tamworth pipeline to drought-proof the city against future severe drought events.

For further WaterNSW drought management information visit: www.waternsw.com.au/supply/drought-information

WaterNSW media - Tony Webber, 0428 613 478

Tamworth Regional Council media – Kyla Hill, (02) 6767 5235, or 0436 288 219

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