Regional NSW drought information

Regional NSW drought information

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.
Critical valley updates

Barwon Darling | Gwydir valley | Lachlan valley (PDF) | Lower-Darling | Namoi valley | Macquarie valley | Murray valley (PDF) | Murrumbidgee valley (PDF) | Peel valley

Valley storage levels

Active capacity volume (updated: 18 November 2019)

4%

Border Rivers

43%

Coastal

7%

Gwydir

44%

Hunter

17%

Lachlan

0.7%

Lower-Darling

9%

Macquarie

45%

Murray

44%

Murrumbidgee

1%

Namoi

17%

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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Friday 22 November
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1,195,030 ML
2,596,150 ML
10,068 ML
1,439 ML
-13,931 ML
Friday 22 November