Barwon-Darling flows a blessing for towns, farmers

Barwon-Darling flows a blessing for towns, farmers

21 February 2020

Persistent heavy rain events across the state’s north-west continue to generate the best natural flow in the Barwon-Darling river system since the floods of 2016.

The flow will fill town weirs and bring widespread relief to landholders across regions which have endured the most severe of the drought conditions experienced in regional NSW.

Days of heavy storm events across wide areas of the Namoi and Gwydir valleys in particular have resulted in flows with the potential to reach the Menindee lakes system and Wentworth at the far end of the Barwon-Darling system.

Almost 100,000ML has passed Walgett with the majority of this water resulting from flows off the floodplain as a result of heavy rainfall in the lower sections of the Namoi and Gwydir valley. The town has been without the services of Keepit Dam since December 2018.

Over the past few days around 30,000ML reached the town of Brewarrina with flows expected to continue for weeks, the first flows since August 2019.

WaterNSW executive manager Adrian Langdon said indications are that Louth can expect water by the last week in February, followed by a flow at Tilpa in the first week of March.

“The volume and extent of the flow generated by rain - and not dam releases - is by far the best naturally occurring flows in the Barwon-Darling since the floods of 2016,” he said.

“The possibility of flows in Queensland along with water running in the Castlereagh rivers will further add to the magnitude of the event over time.

“It’s a relief to see this water replenishing those parts of the state that have arguably endured the longest and most severe of the drought conditions.”

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

WaterNSW drought information

Media Contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478.


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