Lachlan general security water restrictions lifted

Media release | 10 August 2020

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment today announced the lifting of temporary water restrictions for general security account water in the Lachlan regulated river water source.

Recent rainfall events have provided sufficient inflows to both Wyangala Dam and Lake Brewster to allow access to remaining restricted water held in accounts by general security access licence holders.

Wyangala Dam and Lake Brewster have increased by a combined 115 gigalitres (GL) in July and are still rising.

Downstream tributaries, including the Belubula River, have also responded well. Lake Brewster is forecast to gain another 30 GL by the end of August.

Based on the inflows to date, there is now enough water to meet critical human and high priority needs.

Under these circumstances, water security has been restored, therefore the temporary water restriction applied in the public interest is no longer required and has been repealed.

The lifting of the temporary water restriction also means that normal water sharing plan and accounting rules now apply.

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