Release rates fall as dam levels reduced to catch inflows

Release rates fall as dam levels reduced to catch inflows

20 August 2021

Dam releases from WaterNSW storages in key valleys have been wound back with drier weather conditions now presenting across the state.

With the exception of Blowering dam, which is still releasing at a rate of 7.7 gigalitres per day, Burrinjuck, Keepit and Wyangala dams have ceased airspace releases and are holding steady.

The reduced levels will allow for future inflows to be captured, in anticipation of this season’s wetter weather forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology.

WaterNSW has utilised a brief period of dry weather to safely release water, in consultation with local advisory panels, comprised of landholders, local councils, NSW SES and other key stakeholders.

With the Bureau of Meteorology continuing to forecast a climate outlook that “indicates rainfall over the coming three months is likely to be above average” WaterNSW will continue to make airspace releases as required to manage storage levels.

Valley

Dam

% (rising/falling)

Inflows GL/day

Releases GL/day

Murrumbidgee

Burrinjuck

89 ← →

4.1

3.1

Summary: Major airspace releases ceased

Murrumbidgee

Blowering

94.9 ↓

4.8

7.7

Summary: Airspace releases continuing

Namoi

Keepit

94.7 ← →

1.3

0.04

Summary: Major airspace releases ceased

Lachlan

Wyangala

94 ← →

2.5

2

Summary:  Major airspace releases ceased  

For more information on WaterNSW storages visit: www.waternsw.com.au

To access WaterNSW information on river heights and flow data visit: WaterInsights

Agency

Information

Website

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Weather forecasts and warnings

BOM

NSW State Emergency Service (SES)

Flooding and severe weather warnings and advice

NSW SES

Media contact – Tony Webber 0428 613 478 or Angela Davies 0467 947 426

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