The proposed New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project will increase town water security for Tamworth and maintain the reliability of water for agriculture across the Peel Valley as Tamworth grows.
In 2019 the then Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the then NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the planning and delivery of three new or augmented dams in NSW. This includes replacing the existing Dungowan Dam near Tamworth.
The New Dungowan Dam will increase town water security for Tamworth and maintain the reliability of water for agriculture across the Peel Valley as Tamworth grows. This will enable future population growth for Tamworth, and together with Chaffey Dam, will maintain the productive level of Peel Valley’s general security, reliability and water use. The new Dungowan Pipeline will replace the 70-year-old existing pipeline.
Latest project updates and resources
Check out the latest updates and resources about the New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project, including:
Planning and delivery
For detailed project planning information please visit the NSW Government Planning portal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Environmental Impact Statement
Water Infrastructure NSW is developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as we seek approval to construct the project from the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and the Australian Minister for the Environment.
The EIS will assess the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project and identify measures to mitigate these impacts.
A comprehensive range of environmental, technical and heritage studies is underway for the EIS, which will go on public display in 2022.
Since July 2021 the Project Team has been consulting with the community on the draft technical EIS reports. Fact sheet summaries of these reports and feedback surveys are available so community members and stakeholders can have their say on the reports prior to public exhibition.
Local business register
Water Infrastructure NSW is encouraging local businesses to register as a supplier for the new Dungowan Dam and pipeline project. The local business register will be provided to the major construction contractors so they can demonstrate how they will maximise local business and employment opportunities as part of the tender process.
For this project local business is defined as 150km from the project area.
Please note, registering your interest does not guarantee employment.
To speak with the project team, phone 1800 318 045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Dungowan Dam Summary Business Case (PDF, 791.2 KB)
- Review of Environmental Factors for Stage One of the new Dungowan pipeline
- Social Impact Assessment and EIS (PDF, 176.6 KB)
- Dungowan Dam and Peel Valley - Feasibility Study (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- Construction Industry Briefing FAQs (PDF, 189.8 KB)
- Construction Industry Briefing - May 2020 (PDF, 3.2 MB)
- NSW Govt Media release - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 125.8 KB)
- Critical State Significant Infrastructure Dams - March 2020 (PDF, 342.5 KB)