28 October 2020

Significant boost for region's dams

Recent heavy rainfall across the Lower Hunter has lifted our water storage levels by almost eight per cent in four days, with levels expected to rise further in the coming days.

Our overall storage has increased from 75.9 per cent on Saturday 24 October to 83.6 per cent today.

The rainfall has increased water levels at Chichester Dam by 14.9 per cent from the week before and Grahamstown Dam by 4.7 per cent.

Tomago Sandbeds received the largest increase with its water level increasing by 16.2 per cent compared to last week.

The welcome rain follows our first Love Water Day, an event that celebrates all the simple ways we can save water around our homes as part of National Water Week.

Despite recent rain, we're calling on the Lower Hunter community to continue making smart water choices in their everyday lives, to help save our most precious resource as we approach the warm summer months.


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

Smart Water Choices

These simple, everyday choices will help our community maintain the great water saving behaviours demonstrated during water restrictions.