Oberon Dam.
Nanjing Night Net

ABOVE averagerainfall throughout winter has seen thewater levelat Oberon Dam rise significantly in recent weeks.

Water NSW spokesperson Tony Webber said Oberon Dam is now sitting at 74.6 per cent storage capacity with around 34,000 megalitres currentlycontained.

“That is up approximately 25 per cent of capacity in recent weeks,” he said.

This is a great improvement considering the dam was at 61.98 per cent capacity on July 19, 66.77 per cent on July 26 and 69.20 per cent on August 2.

Mr Webber said Oberon is also in a better position compared to the same time last year.

“The figure at the end of August last year was 62 per cent, so we’re well up on last year,” he said.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Oberon’s average winter rainfall is 226.2 millimetres.

Despite there being nearly two weeks of winter left, the town has already received 364.8mm and more is on the way this month.

The average rainfall for August is 75mm and 43.8mm has already been recorded, the majority of whichcamefrom heavy rainfall on August 3.

As much as 20mm has been predicted to fall in Oberon on Friday.

“I would think if the Bureau’s forecast of a wet August is accurate, [the dam level] should continue to increase,” Mr Webber said.

Oberon Dam provides water to various areas, including some parts of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland.

Mr Webber said more water is now secure for these areasfollowing the closure of the Wallerawang power station.

“The closure of the Wallerawang power station has reduced the demand on the storage,” he said.

Other dams in the Central West are also seeing improved levels.

Winburndale Dam,Bathurst’s Ben Chifley Dam andOrange’s Suma Parkand Spring Creek are all at capacity.

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