What is the current capacity of Warragamba Dam?

What is the current capacity of Warragamba Dam?


Storage (recorded date) Warragamba Dam Wednesday 06 July Fitzroy Falls Reservoir Wednesday 06 July
Storage Capacity (ML) 2,064,680 9,950
Current Volume (ML) 2,064,680 8,989
Percent Full % 100.0 90.3
Net Change in past week % 2.9 23.3

Is Warragamba Dam bigger than Sydney Harbour?

Created by damming Warragamba River and flooding the Burragorang Valley, the storage lake is four times the size of Sydney Harbour and stores around 80 percent of Sydney’s water.

What is the catchment area for Warragamba Dam?

about 16,000 square kilometres
The catchments occupy about 16,000 square kilometres in total. They extend from north of Lithgow and Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains, south to the source of the Shoalhaven River near Cooma, and from Woronora in the east to the source of the Wollondilly River near Crookwell.

Is Warragamba releasing water?

Warragamba Dam began releasing water through the crest gates around midnight Water NSW said, with the spill from the dam expected to continue for one week. As a result river heights may increase over this period. Elsewhere in NSW, the SES is sandbagging around Forbes and Cowra where the Wyangala Dam is spilling.

Is Warragamba Dam full?

Warragamba Dam sits on Sydney’s outer western fringe, and is the city’s main reservoir, supplying about 80% of its water. It hit 100% capacity on Monday 17 August 2020, having filled rapidly during heavy rain periods earlier in the year. A year ago it was less than half full.

When was Warragamba Dam last full?

On 2 March 2012, it overflowed for the first time in fourteen years. It overflowed again in 2016, March 2021 and March 2022.

What happens when Warragamba Dam is full?

WaterNSW only operates the dam at the required -0.3 to -1m of Full Supply Level (FSL) when full. Small releases are made at 100% to maintain this level and avoid the main radial gates repeatedly opening and closing due to small increase in storage or wave action.

What is the lowest level ever recorded by Warragamba Dam?

The dam was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 18 November 1999. Drought has severely depleted the level of the dam at times: on 8 February 2007 it recorded an all-time low of 32.5% of capacity….

Warragamba Dam
Builders Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board

What fish species are in Warragamba Dam?

Warragamba River is a stream in New South Wales, Australia. The most popular species caught here are Australian bass, Yellow-eye mullet, and Common carp. 42 catches are logged on Fishbrain. Please use your best judgement when determining where you can fish, and make sure you follow local regulations.

How many people currently live in the floodplain below Warragamba Dam?

Around 140,000 people currently live or work in the floodplain. It is this combination of flood likelihood and exposure of a large population that makes the risk so high. The large Warragamba Dam catchment historically contributes up to 70 percent of flows during flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean (see Figure 2).

Can you fish in Warragamba Dam?

Public access and fishing are not permitted. The Dam is known to hold eels, carp, trout, macquarie perch, catfish, goldfish and possibly redfin. Spawning trout run into the lower Cox’s and Kowmung Rivers in most years if there are good inflows.