Pump restriction to conserve Dingo Creek flow

Pump restriction to conserve Dingo Creek flow

18 December 2019

The NSW Government has implemented a temporary pump restriction on low flows in the Dingo Creek to assist with conserving water for town supply and other critical needs.

The Dingo Creek flows into the Manning River which supplies water for towns, including Taree, in the Mid Coast council area.

Specifically, a section 324 order is being made to prohibit water being extracted:

  • By holders of unregulated river access licences and aquifer access licences in the Dingo creek water source when the flow at Dingo Creek at Belbourie gauge (208032) is less than or equal to 4.4 ML/day.

Daily flows are available for the Dingo Creek on the WaterNSW real time data portal (https://realtimedata.waternsw.com.au/water.stm) or via the WaterNSW Water Live App for Android and Apple.

The restriction will be in place from 20 December 2019 to 30 June 2020; however, it can be repealed prior to this date when the Water Sharing Plan has been amended.

Protection of low flows during drought is essential to provide water for basic landholder and higher priority licences e.g. stock and domestic, local water utility (town supply), and to ensure instream connectivity and ecological requirements are satisfied.

Rainfall totals across the Lower North Coast catchment have been “very much below average” for the past 24 months, resulting in historically low flows in the Manning river catchment.

Mid Coast council area has a population of 67,000 and is on Level 4 water restrictions with less than 3 months’ surface water supply available.

For more details visit: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/allocations- availability/temporary-water-restrictions

For information on WaterNSW’s drought response visit:

https://www.waternsw.com.au/supply/drought-information

T: 1300 662 077

E: customer.helpdesk@waternsw.com.au

Media contact: Tony Webber, 0428 613 478

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