Copeton Dam: 83% with more on the way

December 8, 2011

The level of Copeton Dam continues to rise, with the dam now holding between 83 and 84 per cent of capacity.  Heavy rain in the last two weeks have contributed to a significant rise in the water level.  For most of this year, the dam has held 40 to 55 percent of capacity. Two years ago, the levels were as low as seven per cent.

Daily figures, supplied by State Water, for Tuesday December 7 shows the following:

  • Elevation in Metres: 567,672
  • Volume in Megalitres: 1142224
  • % Capacity: 83%
  • Below T.W.L. in metres: 4.98
  • Inflow in megalitres/day: 401
  • Discharge from Copeton Dam in megalitres/day: 41
  • Gwydir River flow at Bingara in megalitres/day: 611
  • Rainfall: 8.0mm.

Click to enlarge image of Copeton Dam, December 2011[Click the image to enlarge.]

Elders weather site is predicting a medium chance of rain in the North West Slopes for most days in December.  The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain for most of this week.