Temporary water restrictions
Summary of current temporary water restrictions
The tables below give a summary of current temporary water restrictions for regulated river, unregulated river and groundwater water sources.
More information on a water source restriction can be found by selecting the temporary water restriction notice listed in the table.
Information regarding expired or repealed temporary water restrictions in 2019/20 is also available.
Northern Basin and Barwon-Darling restrictions on river and overland flows
- River and overland flows in the northern Basin fact sheet–5 March 2020
The department intends to progressively lift restrictions along the Barwon-Darling once the required flows to meet the Lake Wetherell target are assured.
- List of exemptions provided under Temporary Water Restrictions–25 February 2020
Provided under Temporary Water Restrictions covering northern NSW Basin and floodplain harvesting during February 2020.
- River and overland flows in the northern Basin fact sheet–24 February 2020
Why we are beginning to lift temporary restrictions on access and the benefits they have achieved.
- River and overland flows in the northern Basin update fact sheet–17 February 2020
Providing an update regarding Temporary Water Restrictions on river and overland flows in the northern NSW Basin during February 2020.
- Statement regarding the storms in the Namoi–17 February 2020
Includes information on maintaining the embargo on pumping.
- River and overland flows in the northern Basin fact sheet–13 February 2020
Summarising details of rainfall and flows in the northern NSW basin in early February 2020 and the rationale for temporary restrictions on access.
View all current temporary water restrictions
|Temporary water restriction||Status|
|Buccaneit and Cunninyeuk creeks (Murray below Mulwala Water Source)|
Restrict unregulated river access licences to protect environmental flows.
|Hastings Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources|
New cease-to-pump conditions replace original licence conditions.
|Dingo Creek Water Source|
Cease-to-pump conditions with reference to the new gauge 208032.
|Lachlan Regulated River Water Source Amendment|
43% of general security carryover restricted - repeal of the Access Licence Dealing Principles.
|Macquarie Regulated River Water Source Amendment|
100% general security carryover restricted downstream of Burrendong Dam - repeal of the Access Licence Dealing Principles.
|Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Source|
Restrict take to 20% - Campbells River Downstream and Macquarie River above Bathurst unregulated river management zones and downstream Lake Oberon to confluence with Macquarie River in the Fish River.
|Barwon River upstream of Mungindi weir|
Restriction on domestic use by basic landholder rights and domestic licence holders.
|Maules Creek Groundwater Source, Upstream Elfin Crossing|
Restrict take from upstream Elfin Crossing in the Upper Namoi Zone 11 Maules Creek groundwater source.
|Belubula Regulated River Water Source|
40% of water held in general security accounts restricted.
|Lachlan Regulated River Water Source|
Restrict general security carryover to 43%.
|Macquarie Regulated River Water Source|
100% of general security carryover restricted.
|Botany Sands Groundwater Source|
Taking of groundwater from two areas within the water source prohibited.