The Menindee Lakes
The Murray-Darling Basin is the catchment for the Murray and Darling Rivers and all their tributaries, covering most of inland NSW and extending from Queensland to South Australia. It is a significant area for food production and aquatic ecosystems. Appropriate water usage in the Basin is important, not only for more than two million people who call this part of Australia home but also nationally.
Water efficiency and reform initiativesLarge 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.
Real-time flow dataLook 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.
Water sharing plansWater sharing rules relevant to the Menindee Lakes can be found in the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers.
Water shepherdingThe Menindee Lakes played a key role in the Toorale water shepherding trials, where environmental water was shepherded downstream to the Murray River system.
Water qualityThe 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.
Low inflow and critical water planningThe 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.
Managing flood flowsThe 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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