Unrestricted pumping for Gascoyne irrigators as river flow lifts at Carnarvon
Released 10 Feb 2017
Unrestricted pumping from the lower Gascoyne’s Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators for the month of February.
Unrestricted pumping provides licensed irrigators access to water above their annual entitlement from the irrigation aquifer of Subarea A, with no monthly limit.
Department of Water Mid West Gascoyne Region Manager Darryl Abbott said riverflow associated with rainfall in the catchment over the last few weeks is now sufficient to allow unrestricted pumping.
“Flow first arrived at Nine Mile Bridge on Sunday 5 February and with continued rainfall in the catchment, there is sufficient water moving into Carnarvon to make the declaration,” Mr Abbott said.
It is the first declaration of unrestricted pumping since 2015 when irrigators had four months of unrestricted pumping from March to June.
“Salinity of the flow is good with it currently measuring approximately 250 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids,” he said.
In line with the Lower Gascoyne water allocation plan 2011, growers are reminded that:
- Unrestricted pumping is only from the Riverbed Sands aquifer
- Maximum monthly abstraction limits do not apply to eligible properties (those having bores or spearpoints in the Riverbed Sands) during periods of unrestricted pumping
- Abstraction during unrestricted pumping from properties with access only to the Older Alluvium aquifer (OAA) will count towards their annual entitlement but will not be considered during an assessment of an application for increased entitlement.
Individuals are welcome to contact the Department of Water regional office in Carnarvon on 08 9941 6100 if they require clarification on the rules of unrestricted pumping.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441