Pump restriction to conserve Port Macquarie supply

Pump restriction to conserve Port Macquarie supply

20 December 2019

WaterNSW is advising that the NSW Government has implemented a temporary pump restriction on unregulated river and alluvial access licences in the Hastings unregulated and alluvial water sources, to secure town supply for Port Macquarie.

Accordingly, this section 324 order is being made to:

  • restrict certain take of water from the Hastings unregulated and alluvial water sources by imposing conditions on when take is permitted and cease-to-pump restrictions
  • require the recording of take in logbooks for take from the Hastings unregulated and alluvial water sources and the Hastings River coastal floodplain alluvial groundwater

Daily flows are available for the Hasting catchment river gauges on the WaterNSW real time data portal (https://realtimedata.waternsw.com.au/) or via the WaterNSW Water Live App for Android and Apple.

Licence holders are required to record pumping details in a logbook unless they have an operational meter that complies with Australian standard AS4747. The logbook template for Hastings is Version A which can be downloaded from: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/licensing-trade/approvals/water-supply-work

The restriction will be in place from today until 30 June 2020. However, it may be amended or repealed prior to this date should conditions change.

Rainfall totals across the Hasting water source has been “very much below average” for the past 24 months.

Protection of low flows 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.

Port Macquarie which has a population of 69,000 moved to level 3 restrictions on 25 November. Water utilities estimate the city has less than 12 months’ supply. Under continuing drought conditions, the council will need to increase to Level 4 restriction in the first quarter of 2020.

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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