Limited Copi Hollow water extraction approvedDate: 2016 07 11
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water today announced it has approved some additional access for local extraction at Copi Hollow in Menindee.
DPI Water Deputy Director General, Gavin Hanlon, confirmed that the additional access would assist the local community.
“The surface water remaining in Copi Hollow is not suitable for Broken Hill’s needs due to infrastructure limitations and is continuing to deteriorate in quality and quantity,” Mr Hanlon said.
"This decision to allow additional access enables some of this remaining water to be used productively for the benefit of the local community and economy.
“Broken Hill’s town water supply moved to the Darling River in January 2016, when the pool at Copi Hollow held around 3,500 megalitres.
“The pool is now isolated and has reduced in volume to about 2,000 megalitres.”
Mr Hanlon said the water quality and volume at Copi Hollow will continue to decline naturally in the months ahead unless significant new inflows arrive.
“In accordance with the Temporary Water Restrictions Order Lower Darling 2016, a volume of up to 200 megalitres of water is announced as available to be taken from Copi Hollow by licence holders for irrigation for a period of three months from 1 July 2016 to 30 September 2016.
“As has been seen already, such limited access does not significantly reduce pool longevity but will help farm production and assist the local economy,” said Mr Hanlon.
As part of a $500million investment to supply safe and secure water to Broken Hill, a 270 kilometre pipeline will begin construction in 2017.
The pipeline which will connect the township with the Murray River is due to be completed by late 2018.
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