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 19 January 2018

Water Source Maximum Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) % Full
Chichester 18,356 9,741 53.1%
Grahamstown 182,305 142,432 78.1%
Tomago 60,000 41,502 69.2%
Anna Bay 16,024 9,515 59.4%
Total Storage 276,685 203,190 73.4%