Barwon-Darling A-class licence holders advised they can resume pumping

Barwon-Darling A-class licence holders advised they can resume pumping

25 January 2000

WaterNSW has advised A class licence-holders that they can again access water in the Barwon-Darling River as of 9am Sunday 24th of January.

Following the NSW governments amendment to the local water sharing plan, A, B and C class licences were temporarily restricted from extracting water as from the 12 January.

The rule comes into effect when the flow rate at Wilcannia has been below 200 megalitres per day (ML/day) for 90 consecutive days. (Flows dropped below 200 ML/d on the 15 October 2020 and 90 days after this date is Tuesday, 12 January).

The objective of the new rule is to re-establish connectivity along the Barwon-Darling system after a prolonged dry period and in doing so replenish town weir pools, supply farmers’ stock and domestic needs and benefit the environment.

With flows now expected to exceed the targets outlined in the water sharing plan, customers holding an A class licence can resume pumping in line with the terms of their licence conditions.

On current forecast, up to 13 gigalitres is expected to reach Wilcannia in early February, with as much as 5 gigalitres possible for Lake Wetherell in the Menindee lakes system by mid-February.

WaterNSW is also monitoring inflows from a recent storm event in the upper reaches of the Barwon-Darling which could contribute additional volume to the current flow event in the weeks ahead.

Customers should continue to monitor access announcements on the WaterNSW WaterInsights portal.

Media contact- Tony Webber 0428 613 478.

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