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Dam levels and water usage

Last updated Wednesday 22 March 2017

Level 1 water restrictions are now in place across the Port Macquarie-Hastings area. 

Dam levels shown below are generally updated on a weekly basis:

Port Macquarie Dam
max storage 2,500 megalitres
Cowarra Dam
max storage 10,000 megalitres
Total Combined
Storage level
95.6% 59.4% 66.6%

Total Storage Level = the combined level of Port Macquarie and Cowarra Dams, expressed as a percentage (%).

Daily average usage per person per day (7 day rolling average):

  • 196 litres

Historic Dam Levels (in %) 

Water demand

In 2015/16 the average annual residential consumption of water was 157kl per property per annum.  This is a 3% decrease from 2014/15 figures. Residential consumption makes up 76% of total water consumption in the Hastings.

Further changes that continue to reduce the Hastings annual water consumption include increased awareness and implementation of water conservation measures, retrofitting existing houses with water efficient products, new BASIX houses and dual reticulation.


Did you know?

Studies indicate that water consumption during a drought is approximately 11% higher than demands during years with average rainfall.


This page was last updated on: 22 March 2017