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The first major river flow to arrive in the Menindee Lakes since 2016 has wet soil that has remained dry for years, ending a prolonged period of no-inflows.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the first push, which has made its way down the Barwon-Darling system following rains last month, this morning entered Lake Wetherell, with flows expected to continue over the coming months.

“The volume and extent of the flow generated by rain – and not dam releases – is by far the best naturally occurring flows in the Barwon-Darling since the floods of 2016,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Lake Wetherell could see inflows of between 230 – 260 gigalitres, equating to more than 12-months of town water supply for the Lower Darling, and we are expecting to see much more water flow into the Menindee Lakes over the coming weeks and months.”

“It’s a relief to see this water replenishing parts of the state that have arguably endured the longest and most severe of the drought conditions.”

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