Repeal of temporary restriction for Bega and Brogo

Repeal of temporary restriction for Bega and Brogo

12 February 2020

WaterNSW is announcing the NSW Government’s temporary irrigation restriction made for the Bega and Brogo Regulated Rivers has been repealed.

At the time the section 324 order was made, the Bega and Brogo Regulated Rivers Water Source was in drought stage 2 (emerging water shortage) and was later escalated to the highest stage 4 (critical drought).

Brogo Dam is the main source of water for the towns along the Bega and Brogo rivers, which rely on the Brogo-Bermagui Water Supply System, and limited groundwater access.

Brogo Dam, which feeds into the Brogo - Bermagui Water Supply System, was 13.6% full, holding around 1,400 ML as of 6 January 2020.

This level would enable town water supplies to be met over the Summer / Autumn period, assuming some inflows to the dam were received after this. To secure critical water supplies, access to all water remaining in general security accounts was prohibited until there was sufficient resource recovery.

Due to heavy rainfall on the weekend of 8 and 9 February 2020, as at 10 February 2020, Brogo Dam is 112% full and spilling. In these circumstances, full water security has been restored, and the public interest reasons for applying the temporary water restriction, no longer apply.

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 662 077

Media Contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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