324 restriction lifted for users upstream of Bathurst

324 restriction lifted for users upstream of Bathurst

22 January 2020

WaterNSW is announcing that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys for towns and stock and domestic supply has been lifted for unregulated users upstream of Bathurst.

In anticipation of rainfall last week, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) put in place a restriction order on 17 January to protect unregulated flows for critical needs in the northern basin.

However, no unregulated flows occurred upstream of Bathurst in the Macquarie valley and as a result that restriction has been lifted for that unregulated user group. The restriction remains in place for other irrigators/commercial users across northern valleys until 31 January 2020.

The restriction implemented on 1 November 2019, restricting this user group to 20% of their entitlement remains in place for:

  • unregulated access licence holders on the Campbell’s River and Macquarie River between Chifley Dam and Bathurst
  • unregulated access licence holders on the Fish River and Macquarie River between Oberon Dam and Bathurst.

Access to the flows for town water, domestic and stock supply and basic landholder rights is permitted.

The temporary restriction also does not apply to the take of water for testing metering

Further information regarding the temporary water restrictions can be found on the department’s website.

For WaterNSW drought management information.

For information on water licences and trading contact the WaterNSW helpdesk on 1300 662 077.

Media Contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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