Lower Darling River water restrictions liftedDate: 2016 09 02
Temporary water restrictions for the Lower Darling River in the State’s far west have been lifted, following improvements to storage levels in the Menindee Lakes system.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Deputy Director General Water, Gavin Hanlon, said the lifting of restrictions was due to inflows into Lake Wetherell which had allowed water releases into the Lower Darling River to commence.
“To date, about 180,000 megalitres has arrived at Lake Wetherell and another 100,000 to 130,000 megalitres is flowing upstream in the Barwon-Darling system,” Mr Hanlon said.
“Lake Wetherell has now reached full supply level and Lake Pamamaroo is being readied to receive water.
“We are also hopeful that lakes Menindee and Cawndilla may also start to fill over coming months if average inflows or better eventuate.”
While temporary water restrictions have been lifted and full allocations announced for town, domestic and stock and high security entitlements, there is still insufficient water in storage to provide general security allocation to Lower Darling River water users.
The Menindee Lakes system is currently at about 12 per cent of capacity, which is enough to maintain continuous flows to the Lower Darling for 2017 and supply Broken Hill with surface water until around mid-2018.
DPI Water will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make further allocation announcements in response to storage improvements.
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