Water releases to slow down

Releases from Wyangala Dam are finally set to slow down.

Releases from Wyangala Dam are finally set to slow down.

Water NSW is considering scaling back water releases from the region’s dams. 

With Wyangala at 98.8%, Burrinjuck 93% and Burrendong 119.2%, Water NSW has created capacity to again capture upstream inflows, and based on BoM forecasts, they have reduced releases.

Chief Executive Officer, David Harris said a more favourable short term weather outlook and the looming irrigation season, meant WaterNSW will maintain storage levels with capacity for flood mitigation, while also considering water security for primary producers, and communities.

"Our staff have worked hard across an extraordinary winter and spring to mitigate flood impacts by ensuring these storages had as much capacity as possible to capture repeated upstream flood surges,” he said.

"Dam releases have been conducted in consultation with downstream stakeholders, including landholders and local government, as well as the SES, and we appreciate those people giving up their time to provide a crucial local perspective.”