The Menindee Lakes is a chain of seven shallow lakes connected to the Darling River to form a storage system. The Menindee Lakes supplies water to Broken Hill, the lower Darling and to water users along the Murray River in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement.

Menindee Lakes locality map

Related sites

Menindee Lakes copyright NSW Office of Water

Menindee weir 22 copyright NSW Government

Water efficiency and reform initiatives

Large volumes of water are lost each year through evaporation from the Menindee Lakes system. On 12 December 2014, the Australian and NSW Governments announced that funding had been secured to undertake project planning and detailed design work for average water savings of 80 gigalitres per year.
Menindee Lakes

Real-time flow data

Look up all real-time data available on the Menindee Lakes, including total figures for the Menindee Lakes, as well as specific figures for Lake Menindee, Lake Cawndilla, Lake Pamamaroo, Lake Wetherell, and Lake Cawndilla plus Menindee.
Lake Menindee copyright NSW Office of Water

Water sharing plans

Water sharing rules relevant to the Menindee Lakes can be found in the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers.
Menindee Lakes

Water shepherding

The Menindee Lakes played a key role in the Toorale water shepherding trials, where environmental water was shepherded downstream to the Murray River system.
Buronga Salt Interception Scheme copyright NSW Office of Water

Water quality

The Menindee Lakes supplies drinking water to the town of Broken Hill. The Upper Darling Salt Interception Scheme reduces salinity in the Menindee Lakes, resulting in improved drinking water for Broken Hill.
Lower Darling River copyright NSW Office of Water

Low inflow and critical water planning

The Office of Water undertakes low inflow and critical water planning during drought. The Lakes fell to below 480 gigalitres on 18 February 2014, meaning that they are now under the control of NSW. The NSW Office of Water will provide regular critical water planning communiques on how the remaining water is to be shared.
Floods South Menindee 2010 photo Barry Philp copyright State Water

Managing flood flows

The Menindee Lakes storage holds 1,730 gigalitres when full and can be surcharged to 2,050 gigalitres during floods. The Office of Water manages flood flows and releases from the Menindee Lakes to the Lower Darling River and the Great Darling Anabranch.
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Other areas

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