Dungowan Dam

Dungowan Dam

Subscribe for updatesReplacing the current Dungowan Dam with a new, larger dam will improve water availability and security in the Peel Valley.

What's happening in June?

  • The first delivery of pipes will arrive in Tamworth, a total of 180 pipes in one week. This marks a key milestone in the new Dungowan Dam and pipeline project. Read the full media release here.
  • Our next round of webinars for the community will be held on June 8. For details and to RSVP, click here.
  • Our quarterly project newsletter will be published for the community, stakeholders and businesses.
  • Community information sessions will be held at venues in the local area during the week of June 28. To RSVP click here.


WaterNSW has released a 20-year infrastructure options study for rural river valleys which addresses future challenges in operating regulated river systems. The objective of the study was to guide water infrastructure investment by all levels of government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian have announced a jointly funded package of around $1.1bn for the planning and delivery of three new or augmented dams in NSW. This includes the replacement of the existing Dungowan Dam near Tamworth.

The Peel Valley supports Tamworth and other smaller townships, as well as irrigated agriculture and industry.

The principle objective of the Dungowan Dam project is to secure the long-term water supply security for the regional city of Tamworth. Further, the project will enable future population growth for Tamworth, which together with an already-augmented Chaffey Dam will maintain a productive level of general security reliability and water use for irrigation. Over time, this objective is expected to underpin water affordability that will support broader agricultural productivity benefits for the region.

Key Benefits

  • A new proposed dam approximately 3.5km downstream of the existing Dungowan Dam
  • A new proposed 55km pipeline from the new Dungowan Dam to the Calala Water Treatment Plant
  • Increased town water supply
  • Improved general security reliability and delivery efficiencies
  • Increased supply for agriculture
  • Supporting Peel drought work
  • Replacing ageing infrastructure
  • Maximising local opportunities from the construction of the project

Dungowan map

Estimated project timeline

  • Oct 2019 Commenced project planning
  • Jan 2020 Initiated environmental assessment
  • Mar 2020 Commence detailed investigations and design
  • Oct 2020 Commence early works
  • Late 2021 Complete final business case
  • Late 2021 Exhibition of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Late 2021 Commence construction. Construction is expected to take 4 years dependent on design

Project updates

Planning and delivery

For detailed project planning information please visit the NSW Government Planning portal.

View the Environmental Assessment Requirements (PDF)

Environmental Impact Statement

WaterNSW is developing an environmental impact statement (EIS) as we seek approval to construct the project from the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.

The EIS will assess the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the proposed Dungowan Dam and Pipeline and identify measures to mitigate these impacts.

A comprehensive range of environmental, technical and heritage studies is underway for the EIS, which will go on public display in 2021.

Social impact assessment

The EIS process includes a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) to address the potential social impacts and benefits of the project to the local area, the region, and the state of NSW. The SIA survey is now closed, thank you to everyone who participated.

View more information about the Social Impact Assessment and EIS PDF, 176.65 KB.

Contact us

To speak with the Project Team, phone 1800 318 045 or email dungowandamproject@waternsw.com.au.

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Local Business Register

WaterNSW is collecting a register of local businesses interested in providing support to the Dungowan Dam project. Please register your interest and provide a short summary of the service your business provides, as well as your business location and preferred method of contact


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