Weekly water update

Each week the Council provides the community with updates on Kempsey’s water situation.

There are four key figures that together are used to measure our water. To see the latest data for each topic, please click on the "+". 

For more information on saving water visit the water conservation tips page.

Average rainfall

Our water supply relies upon rainfall. As such the fall of rain in key catchment areas is a vital source of information for anticipating future water security.

Date range Avg Rainfall (mm)
14 - 21 Nov 26.2
 7 - 13 Nov 20.8
 1 - 6 Nov 3.9
25 - 31 October 5.5
18 - 24 October 11.8
11 - 17 October   10.4
4 - 10 October 0.0
27 September - 3 October 3.6 
20 - 26 September 0.0
13 - 19 September
0.8
6 - 12 September 0.3
30 August - 5 September 0.2
23 - 29 August 3.7
16 - 22 August 0.0
9 - 15 August 1.0
2 - 8 August 2.8
26 July - 1 August 1.2
19 - 25 July 0.7
12 - 18 July 2.6
5 - 11 July 1.5
28 June - 4 July 2.9
21 - 27 June 1.0
14 - 20 June 1.2
7 - 13 June 2.0
31 May - 6 June 1.9
24 - 30 May 0.2
17 - 23 May 0.2
10 - 16 May 2.4
3 - 9 May 3.1
26 April - 2 May 2021 1.1
19-25 April 2021 0.1
12-18 April 2021 4.1
5-11 April 2021 4.4
29 March - 4 April 2021 0.4
22-28 March 2021 21.1
15-21 March 2021 34.0
8-14 March 2021 5.5
1-7 March 2021 1.2
22-28 Feb 2021 11

15-21 Feb 2021

7.8
8-14 Feb 2021 2.4
1-7 Feb 2021 2.9
25-31 Jan 2021 0.9
18-24 Jan 2021 1.1
11-17 Jan 2021 0.9
14-20 Dec 2020 16.8
7-13 Dec 2020 6.1
1-6 Dec 2020 5.4
24-30 Nov 2020 0.2
17-23 Nov 2020 1.4
10-16 Nov 2020 1.1
3 - 9 Nov 2020 0.8
27 Oct - 2 Nov 2020 5.8
20 - 26 Oct 2020 4.2
13 - 19 Oct 2020 1.3

 

River flow

A large portion of our shire primarily draws its water through the Sherwood borefield, which is reliant upon a strong river flow for supply.

Date Flow (ML/day)
21 November 1711
14 November 6564 
7 November 578 
31 October 910
24 October 1672
17 October 988
10 October 988
3 October   643
26 September 645
19 September 855
12 September 1,198
5 September 1,444
29 August 4,451
22 August 1,333
15 August 1,855
8 August 4,520
1 August 4,953
25 July 2,598
18 July 12,893
11 July 1,756
4 July 1,499
27 June 1,436
20 June 1,352
13 June 1,311
6 June 1,210
30 May 1,223
23 May 1,538
16 May 2,662
9 May 2,750
2 May 2021 1,741
25 April 2021 2,359
18 April 2021 4,653
11 April 2021 4,950
4 April 2021 5,045
28 March 2021 21,171
21 March 2021 187,830
14 March 2021 8,343
7 March 2021 4,925
28 Feb 2021 14,699
21 Feb 2021 10,436
14 Feb 2021 1,159
7 Feb 2021 1,434
31 Jan 2021 1,747
24 Jan 2021 2,510
17 Jan 2021 4,928
10 Jan 2021 18,762
3 Jan 2021 53,168
20 Dec 2020 13,328
13 Dec 2020 562
6 Dec 2020 148
30 Nov 2020 215
23 Nov 2020 166
16 Nov 2020 387
9 Nov 2020 664
2 Nov 2020 2,225
26 Oct 2020 220
19 Oct 2020 218

 

Average daily water usage

Another vital metric used to decide when water restrictions are required is the average daily water usage by our community.

Date range Average usage (ML/day)
5 - 21 November 6.4
8 - 14 November 6.1
1 - 7 November 6.5
25 - 31 October 6.6
18 - 24 October 6.4
11 - 17 October 7.3
4 - 10 October 7.3
27 September - 3 October 6.4
20 - 26 September 7.1
13 - 19 September 6.87
6 - 12 September 7.11
30 August - 5 September 6.71
23 - 29 August 6.61
16 - 22 August 6.46
9 - 15 August 6.15
2 - 8August 5.85
26 July - 1 August 6.40
19 - 25 July 6.44
12 - 18 July 6.07
5 - 11 July 6.06
28 June - 4 July 5.66
21 - 27 June 6.00
14 - 20 June 5.44
7 - 13 June 6.11
31 May - 6 June 5.98
24 - 30 May 6.40
17 - 23 May 5.42
10 - 16 May 5.80
3 - 9 May 5.94
26 April - 2 May 2021 6.21
19-25 April 2021 6.53
12-18 April 2021 6.19
5-11 April 2021 -
29 March - 4 April 2021 6.93
22-28 March 2021 7.08
15-21 March 2021 5.93
8-14 March 2021 5.74
1-7 March 2021 6.53
22-28 Feb 2021 6.1
15-21 Feb 2021 5.81
8-14 Feb 2021 6.92
1-7 Feb 2021 6.96
25-31 Jan 2021 7.12
18-24 Jan 2021 6.90
11-17 Jan 2021 6.88
14-20 Dec 2020 5.90
7-13 Dec 2020 6.73
1-6 Dec 2020 7.10
24-30 Nov 2020 7.60
17-23 Nov 2020 6.97
10-16 Nov 2020 6.46
3 - 9 Nov 2020 6.10
27 Oct - 2 Nov 2020 6.00
20 - 26 Oct 2020 6.33
13 - 19 Oct 2020 7.46

 

Steuart McIntyre Dam level

While many assume that the dam level is the key indicator for water restrictions, our dam is intended to be our last reserve. Ideally our water usage comes directly through the borefields and leaves our dam levels untouched. As such it is already a sign of water shortage if the dam is providing water for daily use.

Date Level (%)
21 November 97.6
14 November 97.6
7 November 97.3 
31 October 97.3
24 October 97.5
17 October  97.4
10 October  97.0
3 October 97.09
26 September 97.01
19 September 97.20
12 September 97.36
5 September 97.36
29 August 97.47
22 August 97.58
15 August 97.60
8 August 97.60
1 August 97.58
25 July 97.67
18 July 97.67
11 July 97.74
4 July 97.77
27 June 97.74
20 June 97.74
13 June 97.77
6 June 97.82
30 May 97.88
23 May 97.91
16 May 98.02
9 May 98.02
2 May 98.02
25 April 2021 97.91
18 April 2021 98.04
11 April 2021 97.91
4 April 2021 97.82
28 March 2021 97.91
21 March 2021 100.00
14 March 2021 98.67
7 March 2021 98.54
28 Feb 2021 98.69
21 Feb 2021 98.43
14 Feb 2021 97.69
7 Feb 2021 97.77
31 Jan 2021 97.88
24 Jan 2021 98.04
17 Jan 2021 98.26
20 Dec 2020 97.30
13 Dec 2020 95.94
6 Dec 2020 95.59
30 Nov 2020 95.61
23 Nov 2020 95.92
16 Nov 2020 95.92
9 Nov 2020 95.94
2 Nov 2020 96.03
26 Oct 2020 95.67
19 Oct 2020 95.46

 


More information

To find out more about river levels and rainfall data visit:

Mid North Coast Rainfall and River Conditions (BoM)

Macleay MHL Flood and Coastal Intelligence Tool (MHLFIT)