WaterNSW to meet with customers in Macquarie-Cudgegong Valley

WaterNSW to meet with customers in Macquarie-Cudgegong Valley

04 January 2019

WaterNSW will host customer information sessions regarding dam and river operations in the Macquarie-Cudgegong valley in mid-January as Burrendong Dam storage falls below 13% of capacity.

To discuss the current situation and the outlook ahead senior WaterNSW system operations personnel will be on hand to meet with water users reliant on the Macquarie and Cudgegong Rivers.

Tuesday, 15 January:

  • Warren Services Club, 11am – 1pm
  • Narromine United Services Memorial Club, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Wednesday, 16 January:

  • Dubbo RSL, 10am – 12pm

Thursday, 17 January

  • Club Mudgee, 10am – 12pm

As record drought grips the Macquarie valley, WaterNSW had previously advised that Burrendong Dam storage will fall well below 10% this summer without significant inflows.

WaterNSW is managing water security in line with NSW Government rules to ensure equity among the numerous competing interests dependent on Burrendong Dam, including communities, farm groups and the environment.

Burrendong currently sits at 12.8% of capacity, with a transfer of 35 gigalitres (GL) from Windamere Dam underway since 1 January, 2019.

Even with the additional water, a continuation of drought conditions that have prevailed since 2016 could reduce the volume of water in the dam to less than 5% by the end of summer.

Stringent drought measures and co-operation from customers in the Macquarie Valley has already led to valuable water savings, with surplus deliveries down by more than 95%.

Customer support for stricter water ordering processes and flexibility to make group orders has allowed WaterNSW to stringently manage water storages in the region.

A NSW Government s324 order also remains in place for the Macquarie valley, temporarily quarantining 30% of all carryover water available to irrigators.

Inflows into Burrendong have been at record low levels since last available water determination in August 2017 – less than a third of the previous historical lowest total recorded.

Burrendong Dam had been drawn below 10% on five previous occasions (June 1995, January 1998, April 2003, May 2004 and January 2007).

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

Media contact: Tony Webber 0428 613 478.


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