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Rain means more water for irrigators

Friday, 23rd December, 2011

Irrigators have been given access to more water in the Darling downstream of the Menindee Lakes, including the Anabranch. 

NSW Commissioner for Water, David Harriss, said the supplementary access for water licence holders would continue until January 23.

“This period of supplementary access is due to the increased releases from the Menindee Lakes for flood operations,” Mr Harriss said.

“Heavy rainfall across northern NSW and Southern Queensland in late November has seen increased flows in the Gwydir, Border Rivers and Namoi that are now making their way into the Barwon Darling System,” he said. 

Mr Harriss said that the NSW Office of Water expected that around 2,000,000 megalitres - four times the volume of Sydney Harbour - would pass through the Menindee Lakes.

“Most of this water will reach the River Murray and flow into South Australia.”

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