324 temporary pump restrictions for northern valleys

324 temporary pump restrictions for northern valleys

17 January 2020

WaterNSW is announcing a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys for towns and stock and domestic supply.

In anticipation of high rainfall in some parts of NSW over the coming days the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has put in place a restriction order to protect flows for critical needs in the northern basin.

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

The restriction will apply to commercial water users in the northern inland river systems, excluding those Macquarie and Gwydir regulated rivers with high security account water where delivery of orders has been accepted.

The restrictions will apply from 17 January until 31 January 2020.

The restriction does not apply to any existing orders made for releases from storages.

The objective is to protect any flows generated by rain to secure critical local water supplies and potentially improving connectivity through the river system.

WaterNSW will monitor any rainfall and advise the department if there are any flows resulting from these rain events that may warrant lifting of the restriction prior to 31 January.

WaterNSW will advise customers as soon as the temporary restrictions can be lifted in their area. Licence holders are encouraged to ensure that WaterNSW has their contact information.

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 .

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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