Hunter River

Hunter River 
Drought Stage

Stage 1 - Normal management

Stage 1 normal operations on 14 August 2020, eased from stage 2 emerging which was announced on 31 July 2020.

Storage Level
  • Glenbawn Dam is at 56% (423 GL) compared to 51% on 1 July 2019.
  • Glennies Creek Dam is at 58% (163 GL) compared to 53% on 1 July 2019.
  • Lostock Dam is at 100% (20 GL) compared to 83% on 1 July 2019.
Allocations
  • Allocations announced for 2019/20, were 95% for general security and 100% for towns, domestic and stock and high security.
  • Allocations announced on 1 July 2020, were reduced for high security to 90% and general security 30%. This was increased on 17 August 2020 to 100% high security and 53% for general security. General security allocations were further increased to 62% in December 2020 and 100% in March 2021.
Actions
  • Allocations were restricted for high security and general security licence holders on 1 July 2020 because of dry conditions. However, these were increased on 14 August after about 40 GL of inflow.
  • A release of 10 GL of the Environmental Water Allowance occurred in June 2020.
Issues
  • While storages lower in the valley are seeing good inflows, Glennies and Glenbawn Dam in the upper catchment are mostly missing inflows in 2020/21 which have seen only small increases.
Outlook
  • All high priority needs along with allocated general security water are estimated secure until at least June 2022.