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Water Corporation will lower the water level of Lake Kununurra for two weeks from 7 January 2022 to 21 January 2022 to complete important maintenance work to the irrigation scheme.


Water Corporation Acting North West Regional Manager Tony Dennis said the essential work would take place at the height of the wet season to minimise community impact.


“Weather forecasts indicate early January is an ideal time to lower the water level as there is lower demand from growers due to recent rainfall, and predictions of more wet weather to come,” Mr Dennis said.


“While the lake is lowered, we undertake routine inspections to the flood levee bank and Kununurra Diversion Dam and complete maintenance work to the M1 Irrigation Channel intake structure.


“Traffic management will be in place along Lakeview Drive from 10 January so our crews can safely complete these works, while the road remains open to vehicles.


“People who are required to navigate the river during this two-week period should consider the risks involved due to lower water levels.


“We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the community during this time.”


The Ord Irrigation Cooperative will also use this opportunity to complete work at the M1 Irrigation Channel.


Boat and barge owners have been advised they must remove their vessels from Lake Kununurra, Packsaddle and Crossing Falls prior to 7 January to avoid any damage. Boats in Lilly Creek Lagoon can remain in the water provided they are secured.


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If you would like to be notified prior to any major change in Lake Kununurra water levels, please contact the Water Corporation on (08) 9168 0749 or email to confirm your contact details for the email notification process.


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Maren Scriven – Senior Advisor Customer and Stakeholder

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