Pump restrictions lifted for Peel high security and unregulated use on Mooki and Quirindi systems

Pump restrictions lifted for Peel high security and unregulated use on Mooki and Quirindi systems

26 January 2020

WaterNSW is announcing that a NSW Government temporary pump restriction to preserve flows in the northern river valleys is being lifted immediately for high security licence holders in the Peel valley, and for unregulated access in the Mooki River and Quirindi Creek.

The decision follows some localised but heavy rain events in the state’s north that have generated tributary flows, including creeks which have not seen any water for a long period.

The local flows will provide connecting flows in the upper sections of the Namoi between Gunnedah and Narrabri, but with or without the restriction being lifted the flow is not sufficient to provide further connectivity downstream of Mollee Weir. For this reason access is being provided to license holders in these management zones.

In anticipation of rainfall in regional NSW 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, effective from 17 January to January 31.

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

The restriction still applies to other 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 objective remains the protection of sufficient flow to secure critical local water supplies and potentially improving connectivity through the river system.

WaterNSW will continue to monitor any rainfall and advise the department if there are any further flows that may warrant further lifting of the restriction prior to 31 January and continue to advise customers in the event of restrictions being lifted in their area.

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 - www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/allocations-availability/temporary-water-restrictions

For WaterNSW drought management information visit: www.waternsw.com.au/supply/drought-information

For information on water licences and trading, contact the WaterNSW helpdesk on 1300 662 077or visit www.waternsw.com.au

Media Contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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