Peel Valley

Peel Valley

Valley storage level


Updated: 21 October 2019

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

Current stage

The final project investigations have been now completed for Stage 1 and construction is planned to start from Wednesday 23 October 2019. The temporary weir will remain in place until either:

  • Stage 2: permanent pipeline project is installed and operational (expected March 2020) or
  • Chaffey Dam has more than two years supply in storage.

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

Following the construction of the temporary weir at Dungowan Village, flows in the Peel River downstream of Dungowan are expected to cease from 30 November 2019 as water is directed into the Tamworth water supply system.

Next stage

Final investigations and approvals are being completed for Stage 2 works with an expected construction start for the permanent pipeline from mid November 2019.

Majority of the pipeline will be constructed along the road verge or on Back Woolomin Road and West Bank Road, Dungowan. One section of the pipeline will be in private property and we are working closely with this landowner with the final design. Road closures and traffic management will be in place during stages of the works to safely guide pedestrians and vehicles around our work areas.

Next information sessions are being planned for late February or early March 2020. We will advertise the dates early in the new year.

Community presentations and updates

Contacts and feedback

While water storage in the Peel 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.


Tuesday 22 October
1,248,112 ML
2,596,150 ML
7,420 ML
1,060 ML
-10,916 ML
Tuesday 22 October