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 5 December 2016

Water Source Maximum Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) % Full
Chichester 18,356 14,791 80.6%
Grahamstown 182,305 163,850 89.9%
Tomago 60,000 48,350 80.6%
Anna Bay 16,024 11,696 73%
Total Storage 276,685 238,687 86.3%
Total storage updated following Chichester volume survey in September 2013