Temporary pump restriction on floodplain harvesting

Temporary pump restriction on floodplain harvesting

07 February 2020

WaterNSW is announcing the NSW Government’s temporary restriction on floodplain harvesting across the northern basin to preserve any flows in the northern river system for towns, stock and domestic supply and the environment.

This temporary restriction order will apply to the take of water for the purpose of floodplain harvesting, except in the case where the take of water is rainfall runoff from irrigated areas with tailwater return drains.

Rainfall runoff from irrigation fields is exempted as it is likely to be contaminated and irrigation properties are designed to retain this form of runoff.

Due to the unpredictable nature of where the rain will fall, and to what extent, the restriction is required to remain in place the following northern NSW floodplain catchments:

  • Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain,
  • Gwydir Valley Floodplain,
  • Lower Namoi Valley Floodplain (as designated and amended under the Water Act 1912, Gazettal Notice No. 164 of 23 December 2005 and Gazettal Notice No. 139 of 28 September 1984),
  • Narrabri – Wee Waa Floodplain (as designated under the Water Act 1912, Gazettal Notice No. 164 of 23 December 2005)
  • Narromine to Oxley Station Floodplain (as designated under the Water Act 1912, Gazettal Notice No. 155 of 5 December 2008 and sometimes referred to as the Macquarie Valley Floodplain),
  • Upper Namoi Valley Floodplain.

This temporary restriction is to apply from Friday 7 February up to and including 28 February 2020. Rainfall and inflows will continue to be closely monitored during this period to determine if a repeal, amendment or advice to customers allowing access is needed.

This order does not apply to the take of water for basic landholder rights (including harvestable rights) and passive take by a water management work.

Please read the S324 Floodplain Harvesting Take - Information Sheet ( PDF, 210.57 KB) for further clarification.

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

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Media Contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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