The last time we were able to pump water from the Nymboida River was early August, 2019. Unfortunately, due to potential water quality issues caused by the devastating bushfires around Nymboida in November, 2019, Council was unable to pump any water from the Nymboida River following the January 2020 rainfall event. Even though this rain also increased flows in the Nymboida River above environmental flow levels, additional water quality tests were required to ensure rain runoff over the burnt catchment areas was not washing pollutants into the river which could negatively impact drinking water quality.
These tests were run again following further rain in February and have now indicated water in the Nymboida River is not being made unsafe for drinking by the bushfire disaster. However, turbidity levels in the Nymboida River are still too high and pumping will only commence once turbidity levels fall to indicate the water is clean enough to start re-filling Shannon Creek Dam. It is hoped that with the large amounts of rain received across the catchment, river flows will remain high enough for months and allow Council to pump clean water from the river so that Shannon Creek Dam can be once again filled to capacity.