Windamere to Burrendong water transfer delayed

Windamere Dam sits at 27% as of January 28.
Windamere Dam sits at 27% as of January 28.
  • Burrendong Dam: 2%
  • Windamere Dam: 27%

WaterNSW has chosen to delay the planned water transfer between Windamere Dam to Burrendong Dam thanks to recent rainfalls in the region.

The delay, which was originally planned for this week was expected to be up to 25 gigalitres (GL).

WaterNSW says the delay could be for up to a month until around the end of February with current reportings suggesting that there is a 'good flow' coming into Burrendong Dam.

Further inflows are in the process of being recorded and assessed following rainfall in other areas in the region.

The Windamere transfer was one of the final measures in a drought response strategy that has involved gradually restricted access to users and suspending environmental releases and carryover, as unprecedented drought conditions impacted on dam inflows.


The Macquarie River's long term annual average inflow is 1450GL - in the five months from July 1 it received just 5GL.

Mid-Western Regional Council prepared residents for the possibility of moving to Level 3 water restrictions following the transfer, but it is unclear if this will affect those plans.

Mid-Western Regional Council has been contacted for comment.

More information as it comes.

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