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Operation of Hume-Reservoir

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N.D. 68


The River Murray Commission, in making releases of water from Hume Dam, currently was operating to a flood mitigation policy based on a continuing evaluation of seasonal

conditions both in the Hume Catchment Area and in the. Irrigation areas downstream, the Minister for National Development (Mr Swartz)

said today.

Mr Swartz, who is president of the Commission, said

that during the current filling season, assessments of likely

inflows and expected irrigation releases had been made, and at

the end of July it was concluded that the rate of filling be

carefully controlled by making appropriate releases from the dam.

"A careful watch will continue to be kept on the filling of Hume Reservoir during this spring with the aim of

maintaining as much flood pondage as is consistent with the

Commission's main responsibility of ensuring adequate water

supplies for irrigation," Hr Swartz said. "All releases from the reservoir will be controlled as far as practicable so that the river level will not rise above 14 ft. on the Albury gauge.

"While the Commission will do what it can at this time · of the year, the degree of control of flooding that is practicable

with a reservoir, primarily designed and operated as an irrigation storage, can not have any appreciable effect on major floods occurring late in the spring.

"In accord with usual |)ractice, flood warnings will be issued from Hume Reservoir if and when required." ·

CANBERRA 25 August, 1970.