Water Storage Levels

Water supply in the lower Hunter is vulnerable to drought - our dams fill quickly but they empty quickly as well.

Our water levels drop faster than most other major Australian urban centres during drought because we have shallow water storages and high evaporation rates.

The graph below shows the total volume of water stored in the dams supplying water to the Lower Hunter region. This supply is drawn from a combination of surface storages and groundwater resources.

Overview

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Water storage levels - last updated 26 August 2016

Water Source Maximum Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) % Full
Chichester 18,356 18,356 100%
Grahamstown 182,305 176,362 96.7%
Tomago 60,000 57,588 96%
Anna Bay 16,024 12,307 76.8%
Total Storage 276,685 264,613 95.6%
Total storage updated following Chichester volume survey in September 2013