Temporary pump restriction lifted in Lower Macq, Lower Namoi

Temporary pump restriction lifted in Lower Macq, Lower Namoi

07 May 2019

Water users are advised that the NSW Government has lifted a temporary pumping restriction for the Lower Namoi and Lower Macquarie valleys, effective immediately.

Restrictions were announced on 1 April after significant rainfall across that region, to protect any inflows for town supplies, the environment, stock and domestic use and other critical needs only.

The temporary rule change was consistent with the government’s drought policy principles of giving priority to town water, critical environmental sites and high security licence holders including stock and domestic users.

Repealing the restriction is intended to permit smaller farm operations to access minor flows within the Namoi system: flows that are not of sufficient volume to reach the Barwon-Darling.

WaterNSW executive manager of system operations, Adrian Langdon said the short-term objectives of the temporary restriction had been met.

“Stock and domestic users in the Lower Macquarie and Namoi were able to secure much-needed stock and domestic supply, the environment received benefit and town supplies – most notably those of Walgett – received inflows over the past three to four weeks,” he said.

“The decision has now been taken to extend that benefit to the family farmers who have been without reliable water for up to two years, to utilise these small flows to hopefully grow some fodder or sustain some winter cropping to generate invaluable income in one of the regions hit hardest by drought.

“The important point is that these flows are not going to reach the Barwon-Darling system, so having been able to offer some improved short-term water security to priority users, we are now able to bring relief to other drought-affected farm communities.”

For automated updates on dam releases and river information, customers can register for WaterNSW’s early warning network (EWN) service by calling the customer help desk on 1300 662 077.

Stay up to date with our drought information.

Media Contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478

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