An unique opportunity exists to expand the supply capacity of the region’s major water storage, Burrendong Dam, at no cost to government.
The total storage capacity of Burrendong Dam is 1,678,000 Megalitres with only 1,188,000 Megalitres currently available for bulk water storage. The remaining capacity (490,000 Megalitres) is designated and operated for flood mitigation purposes.
The current operating rules should be reviewed to maximise the potential of the existing storage infrastructure and improve the reliability of access for downstream towns, stock and domestic users, irrigators and environmental water users, while still providing the important flood mitigation role.
The review of the current operating rules for Burrendong Dam should take account of recent dam safety upgrade works, and advancements in forecasting and gauging technology since the completion of the dam in 1967.
Increasing supply capacity at Burrendong Dam should also be considered in conjunction with: