Upgrade works to halt water releases from Toonumbar Dam

Upgrade works to halt water releases from Toonumbar Dam

18 March 2020

Water supply from Toonumbar Dam on the NSW North Coast will be interrupted for 1 week starting on the 20th of April while work proceeds to upgrade important elements of the dam system.

WaterNSW, the dam operator, will undertake work to replace a valve at Toonumbar Dam, which is situated on Iron Pot Creek about 30 kilometres west of Kyogle on the NSW North Coast.

The dam helps irrigate the Richmond Valley and supplies water to farmers along Iron Pot and Eden creeks. Previous plans to upgrade the valves had been delayed due to low dam levels caused by ongoing drought.

The work is scheduled to start from the 20 April 2020 and take 1 week to complete with construction to take place during standard construction hours on Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm. Residents and customers living downstream on Iron Pot Creek and Eden Creek may not have water supply during this period.

WaterNSW will provide early warning network (EWN) updates ahead of the outage and are committed to keeping the local community informed. This work is essential to ensure the efficient delivery of water to customers and to meet contemporary safety and engineering standards.

The works are being undertaken on WaterNSW lands in areas where there is no public access.

“We are working with local farmers and communities to try and reduce the impacts of these necessary upgrade works,” said Ronan Magaharan, WaterNSW executive manager of assets.

“This work is essential to ensure the efficient delivery of water to customers and to meet contemporary safety and engineering standards.”

To register for our early warning network and to receive alerts go to waternsw.com.au/ewn and for more information call the WaterNSW Helpdesk on 1300 662 077.


Media contact – Tony Webber – 0428 613 478

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