Peel Valley

Peel Valley

Valley storage level


Updated: 03 August 2020

The Peel valley is one of the worst affected regions in this severe time of drought

  • Over the last 2 years, inflows into Chaffey Dam have been the lowest on record
  • Tamworth’s water supply is entirely reliant upon surface water supplies so drought measures are underway to extend supplies
  • The drought is a natural disaster – it has not been caused by extraction or irrigation.

Extending critical water supply to Tamworth

In June 2019, the NSW Government announced emergency short term measures to extend water supply to Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal town water supply system.

Completed works

Stage 1: the temporary weir, pipeline and pumps have been installed and the water supply is being redirected to the existing Dungowan to Tamworth water supply pipeline. The temporary measures are reducing transmission losses from water travelling via the Peel River to Tamworth.

Flows in the Peel River downstream of Dungowan have ceased. Periodic flows will be released for environmental purposes and to maintain water quality in downstream pools. Read the announcement for more information.

Stage 2: constructing the 19 km permanent underground pipeline from Chaffey Dam to Dungowan.

All works will be in accordance with relevant planning and environmental laws and approvals.

WaterNSW has worked closely with Tamworth Regional Council, Department Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (Water), Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) to plan and design the works.

Current stage

The Chaffey to Dungowan Pipeline (Stage 2) is operational from 17 June 2020.

Community presentations and updates

Contacts and feedback


Facebook users can also join the WaterNSW Peel Valley drought response community group.


Tuesday 11 August
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Tuesday 11 August