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New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline

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.

What’s happening in October 2022?

  • Construction continues on Stage One of the New Dungowan Pipeline.
  • The Environmental Impact Statement will be on public exhibition before the end of the year.


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.


  • Increase town water security for Tamworth
  • Maintain reliability of water for agriculture in the Peel Valley
  • A new dam approximately 3.5km downstream of the existing dam
  • A new 55km pipeline from the New Dungowan Dam to the Calala Water Treatment Plant
  • Replacing ageing infrastructure
  • Maximising local opportunities from planning and construction of the project

Location map

Peel Valley Region Map including Dungowan map
Map of Dungowan Dam


Important information

Note that project timelines can be affected by a range of factors including weather conditions, increased time to carry out consultation and where technical analysis and assessments require further work or investigation. Water Infrastructure NSW places the highest priority on the safety and wellbeing of its staff and the communities we work with. We are closely adhering to the current COVID-19 Public Health Orders which may have an impact on project activities and timelines. This website will be regularly updated to reflect this and communities will be notified of any changes.

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.

View the Environmental Assessment Requirements (PDF, 234.56 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions

See answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the New Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project.

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.

Find out more about the EIS

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.

Register your business

Contact us

To speak with the project team, phone 1800 318 045 or email dungowandamproject@dpie.nsw.gov.au

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