Late season rainfall creates pumping opportunity for Carnarvon irrigators
Released 08 Jun 2018
Unrestricted pumping from the Gascoyne River and Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators for the month of June.
The announcement comes after the water flowing through 9 Mile Bridge reached over three metres on 7 June.
Rainfall in the catchment on Monday followed by significant falls of over 50mm in some areas on Tuesday has resulted in moderate flows in the Lyon and Gascoyne rivers.
Further rises will occur in coming days.
Irrigators were warned on Wednesday morning to take immediate action to remove equipment from the river bed.
Indications from sampling by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is that water is of good quality at 208 mg/L in the first flows.
Unrestricted pumping was declared in January, February and March this year. It provides irrigators with access to water above their annual water entitlement from the riverbed sands in Subarea A, with no monthly limit.
Growers are encouraged to take advantage of the current unrestricted pumping period.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will closely monitor the catchment and river levels and provide updates via email, website at http://www.water.wa.gov.au and by phone on 1800 674 897.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 364 6848 / 0434 603 441