- Managing water sustainably to support the horticultural industry
- Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce brings rainfall to catchment
Unrestricted pumping from the Gascoyne River and Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators today.
The announcement comes after the water started flowing at 9 Mile Bridge at about 5am this morning.
River flows of 3.5 metres were first recorded at Yinnetharra Crossing gauging station several hundred kilometres inland on Sunday, January 14 after widespread rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce across the middle and upper catchments of the Lyons and Gascoyne rivers.
Indications from sampling by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are that water is of good quality around 146 mg/L in the first flows.
Unrestricted pumping was last declared in February 2017. It provides irrigators with access to water above their annual water entitlement from Subarea A, with no monthly limit.
Growers are encouraged to take advantage of the current unrestricted pumping period and in doing so, help recharge the Riverbed Sands aquifer.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will closely monitor the catchment and river levels and provide updates via email, at http://www.water.wa.gov.au and by phone on 1800 674 897.
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce has brought much needed rainfall to many parts of Western Australia, including the Gascoyne area.
"This flow is important news for Carnarvon's horticultural industry, and the department's monitoring network has been helping irrigators prepare for the water's arrival by providing river flow advice.
"The Gascoyne River system is the main water source for the horticultural industry in Carnarvon and good flows are important for recharge to the groundwater aquifers used for irrigation and town water supply in between river flows.
"This welcome news gives a good start to this year's water budget for the horticultural industry while we continue to work on the longer term improvements to water security."
Minister's office - 6552 6100