Regional NSW drought information

Regional NSW drought information

Why is the current drought so bad? July 2019 Video

NSW is experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record, with the Central West, Far West and North West regions the worst affected to date.

  • There have been extreme low inflows (the amount of water entering the river and its storages) – the past six months have seen the lowest recorded inflows in history.
  • Effective management of these storages has extended water availability, delaying some of the worst impacts of the drought by up to 12 months.
  • The drought is a natural disaster – it has not been caused by extraction or irrigation.
  • Without imminent inflows, the lack of water will continue to impact water quality and the riverine environment, while curtailing agricultural production.
Drought Response Projects

Valley storage levels

Active capacity volume (updated: 20 January 2020)

3%

Border Rivers

16%

Coastal

6%

Gwydir

39%

Hunter

10%

Lachlan

0.4%

Lower-Darling

8%

Macquarie

36%

Murray

34%

Murrumbidgee

0.7%

Namoi

13%

Peel

WaterNSW is responsible for dam operations, water security and managing water stored in all its 42 water storages. Each valley has different water storage and supply issues in the current drought. Drought continues to impact many farmers, irrigators, and residents who are WaterNSW customers in Western NSW, Greater Sydney as well as the Hunter, Bega, and Iron Pot valleys in coastal NSW.

We are working with local councils and community stakeholders to keep them informed and to seek feedback as we navigate ever-changing drought conditions.

Read our latest report showing recent regional NSW rainfall and storage impact below.

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42.4
Sunday 26 January
-0.3
1,100,178 ML
2,596,150 ML
8,216 ML
1,174 ML
-7,051 ML
Sunday 26 January