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Dam levels and water demand

Please note:  Due to the Christmas/New Year break, the last dam levels update for 2018 will be 12 December, with updates resuming on 9 January 2019.

Last updated Wednesday 12 December 2018 :

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
62.6% 96.0% 89.3%

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

Historic Dam Levels (in %) 

River Extraction Update as at 9/11/2018

On 8 November 2018, Council recommenced river extraction and filling of Port Macquarie Dam.  This follows an extended period without any inflow due to the trunk main relocation associated with RMS works at Spencers Cutting Wauchope, and unsuitable water quality following rainfall in the catchment approximately two weeks ago. 

Port Macquarie Dam will continue to be filled from the river while environmental conditions allow.  Should river levels or water quality prevent river extraction, transfer from  Cowarra Dam to Port Macquarie Dam will be utilised.

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.


This page was last updated on: 13 December 2018