Valley storage level
Updated: 18 March 2019
The Macquarie Valley is one of the worst affected regions in this severe time of drought with storage currently at critically low levels.
- There have been extreme low inflows (the amount of water entering the Macquarie Valley. Inflows since January 2018 are the lowest recorded inflows in history.
- Stock and Domestic replenishment flows rely on rain and tributary flows and not from Burrendong Dam. This is causing significant social, economic and environmental impacts.
- The drought is a natural disaster – it has not been caused by extraction or irrigation.
- Until 317GL of inflows are received, new allocations to general security users won’t be possible.
Operations update (11 February 2019)
Community members and stakeholders from Macquarie valley met in Dubbo to discuss the latest drought outlook and water management options being planned by the Department of Industry and WaterNSW.
While water storage in the Macquarie valley remains at critically low levels, we will update you as news comes in via our media releases and water operations updates. This will be in addition to our weekly Regional NSW drought report.
Past updates: 1 2
Public information sessions (15-17 January 2019)
Public information sessions were held with the Macquarie-Cudgegong valley local communities and councils. Five sessions were held in Warren, Narromine, Dubbo and Mudgee to improve understanding of the current drought situation, forecasted conditions and to discuss the impacts from the worst drought on record. We would like to thank everyone who came on the day.
Presentation by Adrian Langdon, Executive Manager, System Operations.