Keepit Dam to deliver first water in more than a year

Keepit Dam to deliver first water in more than a year

17 March 2020

One of the dam storages hit hardest by extreme drought – Keepit Dam in the Namoi valley – will make its first water release in more than a year.

The dam, which serves the Lower Namoi, has been all but dry since the summer of 2018-19 due to chronically low catchment rainfall and a near total absence of inflows.

On the back of substantial rain across the region in recent weeks, Keepit dam is currently above 12% of storage capacity, after being less than 1% throughout 2019.

From today WaterNSW will commence a small release (approximately 100 megalitres) for urgent stock and domestic supply for landholders located between the dam and the junction of the Peel and Namoi Rivers.

Releases will initially begin at a rate of 70 megalitres per day before being reduced, with the full release event scheduled to take place over approximately three days, according to WaterNSW executive manager system operations, Adrian Langdon.

“Landholders on a short section of the river downstream from Keepit Dam to the junction with the Peel River has not received flows from February rainfall,” he said.

“These releases will assist with refreshing and replenishing river pools and will provide welcome stock and domestic water from the first releases out of this dam in many months.

“These river pools are in poor condition, so there is a risk of adverse environmental outcomes including fishkills, but advice from relevant agencies has been incorporated into the decision process. “

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