Barwon-Darling customers advised to monitor WaterInsights for information on water sharing plan rule trigger

Barwon-Darling customers advised to monitor WaterInsights for information on water sharing plan rule trigger

22 January 2021

WaterNSW is advising unregulated customers on the Barwon-Darling River system to closely monitor its WaterInsights platform as flows in the upper reaches come close to triggering the retraction of a pumping restriction which came into effect on January 12.

The new rule was incorporated into the Barwon-Darling unregulated water sharing plan by the NSW government in July last year, and requires holders of A, B and C class licences to cease pumping when flows resume along the river after a prolonged dry period.

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 was 12 January).

Pumping can resume in line with existing access announcements once there is a forecast for river flow at Bourke of 972 ML/day and Wilcannia of 400 ML/day for a minimum of 10 consecutive days or a forecast of a cumulative flow to pass Bourke of 30,000 megalitres.

When this trigger point is realised, extraction under A, B and C class licences will be allowed to resume. WaterNSW have been meeting daily with local irrigators to ensure they have the most up to date information regarding the potential retraction of the current pumping restriction.

Information confirming the status of the resumption of flow rule will be available on the WaterNSW water insights portal: https: https://waterinsights.waternsw.com.au/

For more information on the resumption of flow rule in the Barwon-Darling water sharing plan visit: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/274102/resumption-of-flow-rule-barwon-darling-wsp.pdf

For information on WaterNSW call 1300 662 077.

Media contact- Tony Webber 0428 613 478

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