WaterNSW works underway to extend dam supply to towns

WaterNSW works underway to extend dam supply to towns

16 September 2019

WaterNSW projects to extend the availability of water from Burrendong Dam to communities in the Macquarie valley are well advanced.

WaterNSW forecasts indicate that without these projects, and with no inflows into the dam, surface water supply to communities in the Macquarie valley would be insecure by November 2019.

However, works underway such as temporarily raising Warren weir, and preparing to pump the remnant storage left in Burrendong Dam, pushes that worst-case scenario into 2020.

This month work on the Warren weir-raising was completed and tenders were called to install the pumping network needed to access the dam’s remnant storage once the volume falls below 0%.

With the addition of water transferred from Windamere Dam via the Cudgegong River, even with zero inflows into Burrendong there is sufficient dam water supply for towns and critical human needs until at least May 2020.

The NSW Government has also announced $30 million dollars to assist Dubbo Regional Council augment its groundwater supply.

Water authorities have been progressively restricting availability in recent years as winter rains failed for an unprecedented three consecutive years resulting in Burrendong’s storage volume dropping to 4.5%.

For information on WaterNSW drought operations visit our drought section.

Media Contact – Tony Webber – 0428 613 478


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