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Kununurra: Dam levels to fluctuate

The Water Authority says levels in Lake Argyle, Lake Kununurra and the lower Ord will fluctuate this season.

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Photo – Water Corporation

Levels in Lake Kununurra could vary but more than two metres.

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13 January 2013

Ord River level to fluctuate during the wet season

Water Corporation is advising Kununurra and surrounding communities to expect fluctuations in water levels in Zone 1 (Lake Argyle), Zone 2 (Lake Kununurra) and Zone 3 (Lower Ord) due to wet season conditions.

Water Corporation North West Regional Manager Peter McAllister said it was normal for dam levels to fluctuate at this time of year.

“During the wet season, Lake Kununurra will generally operate between 39.5 meters AHD* and 41.75 meters AHD,” Mr McAllister said.

“On occasions the dam level may drop below 39.5 meters AHD as we adjust the Kununurra Diversion Dam gate settings to compensate for extreme seasonal flows.”

Customers that are required to navigate the river, or operate pumping or other ancillary equipment in the vicinity of the Ord River are asked to consider the risks involved and what preventative measures they may need to take.

“As in previous years, irrigators should take the necessary precautions to drought-proof their properties and protect their assets on the river, or river bank,” Mr McAllister said.

The Corporation will significantly lower the level of Lake Kununurra from 17 March to the 31 March to carry out essential maintenance works to the flood levee.

Customers will be notified prior to this time via the usual fax and email notification process.

Those who require notification prior to any major change in Lake Kununurra’s water level should contact the Corporation’s North West office on 9168 0735 to ensure their details are registered.

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