Managing Water Quality As Darling Meets Murray
River Murray communities between Euston and Lock 7 near the South Australian border are advised that flows and river heights are expected to vary over the next two to three weeks, as the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and state government agencies manage the arrival of water from the Darling River into the Murray.
MDBA head of River Management Andrew Reynolds said a range of actions to change current river levels would manage any impact on water quality when the lower Darling reconnected with the Murray.
“We are all looking forward to seeing water from the northern Basin arrive at Wentworth in mid-April, joining the two main arms of the Murray–Darling Basin with the first decent flow since August 2018,” Mr Reynolds said.
“In the interests of the local community and river environment, we’ll be managing as efficiently as possible the arrival of the poor quality water at the head of the flow.”
The joint action to manage the flow’s safe arrival is a collaboration between the MDBA, WaterNSW, Goulburn-Murray Water, Lower Murray Water and SA Water.
Customers in the affected weir pools should monitor their pumps closely during the period the weirs are lowered. Further advice is available via the MDBA website https://www.mdba.gov.au/media/mr/managing-water-quality-darling-meets-murray