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Published: 03 May 2013   •   Flow advice

The timetable to reduce flows at Weir 32 has been brought forward by 2 days. Flows at Weir 32 are now set to gradually decrease from today, Friday 3 May, from about 9,000 ML/day (3.3m), back to the normal winter minimum flow rate of 200 ML/day (1.4 m) by the end of May.

This is due to further reductions in operational demands on the River Murray as the 2012‐13 watering season draws to a close.

Storage levels at Menindee Lakes are currently at 75% and are slowly falling.

NSW Office of Water has indicated the lakes will continue to be managed to maximise the storage in Lakes Wetherell and Pamamaroo (see http://www.water.nsw.gov.au/Water-management/Water-availability/flood-management/default.aspx#menindee default.aspx#menindee).

At Burtundy, the flow is close to the peak at around 7,400 ML/day (4.2m). The flow is expected to remain around this rate for another week, and then start decreasing. The flow is expected to return to the normal minimum of around 200 ML/day later in June.

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, should take into account the changing flow rates along the lower Darling River and make necessary adjustments to their activities.

Forecast flows and Menindee storage volumes are also available on the MDBA website (see mdba.gov.au/river-data/current-information-forecasts).

This flow forecast is dependent on weather conditions and operational requirements. A further flow advice will be issued if there are any significant variations to these planned releases.

ENDS

For more information contact the MDBA Media office at media@mdba.gov.au or 02 6279 0141. For other information contact MDBA at inquiries@mdba.gov.au or 02 6279 0100.

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