CHAFFEY DAM HITS RECORD NEW LEVELS
Recent rainfall means Chaffey Dam continues to rise to record supply levels, which follows the completion of the joint $50 million safety upgrade and augmentation project earlier this year.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson says it’s both rewarding and satisfying to see the storage increase beyond its previous full level – with the current levels sitting at more than 68 per cent of the new capacity.
“Not only has this upgrade secured long-term water supplies for Tamworth, but it enhances the productivity and prosperity of the region by supplying reliable water to growers,” Mr Anderson said.
“The $50 million upgrade and augmentation project increased the capacity of the dam from 62 gigalitres to 100 gigalitres.
“With inflows at around 300 megalitres per day and rising, the dam continues to capture much needed water that, before the augmentation, would have been released downstream and with more rain predicted this week we should see these healthy inflows continuing.”
The $50 million Chaffey Dam project was jointly funded by the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, the NSW Coalition Government and Tamworth Regional Council.
Current dam storage information is available on the WaterNSW website www.waternsw.com.au