Flows provide relief for Lower Darling producersDate: 2016 07 04
DPI Water today confirmed that flows currently making their way down the Barwon-Darling system will provide relief for Lower Darling irrigators.
DPI Water Deputy Director General, Gavin Hanlon said these flows represent the best inflows into the Menindee lakes system in about three years.
“While we won’t know the precise volumes for a number of weeks, it is expected that at least 100,000 megalitres will reach Menindee,” Mr Hanlon said.
“Flows will be restored to the parched Lower Darling River as soon as practicable, to provide urgent relief for landholders currently doing it tough.
“These flows will provide landholders with domestic and stock water supplies and will replenish the block banks downstream of Pooncarie to support permanent plantings.
“It is expected that the first water will begin to reach Menindee late this week, and that releases to the Lower Darling can safely commence by mid July.
“It is likely an initial pulse will be released followed by lower flows extending well into Spring.”
Mr Hanlon said the benefits of widespread rain are being felt right across NSW.
“It is also good news for Broken Hill because it means that surface water supplies can be extended for another year,” Mr Hanlon said.
Inflows over the coming weeks will be monitored carefully and managed conservatively by DPI Water to ensure that benefits are shared across all interests.
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