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Burdekin Region Projects

Burdekin Falls Dam
Irrigation
Barratta Channel

Burdekin Falls Dam

With a storage capacity of 1.8 million megalitres — four times the capacity of Sydney Harbour — SunWater’s Burdekin Falls Dam is Queensland’s largest water storage reservoir.

Fed by a huge 114,200 km2 catchment (nearly twice the size of Tasmania), the dam reliably supports more than 400 irrigation, industrial and urban water customers in one of Queensland’s most diverse and important agricultural regions.

Burdekin Falls Dam offers enormous potential to the people of Far North Queensland.

Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme

Burdekin Falls Dam operates in conjunction with storages at Clare Weir and Gorge Weir on the Burdekin River, and Val Bird and Giru weirs on the Haughton River at Giru. Together with a series of channels, pipelines and other key pieces of infrastructure, they form the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme.

Water security

Burdekin Falls Dam holds enough water to meet the needs of all existing customers, with 200,000 megalitres of unallocated water held in reserve to accommodate increases in demand.

Currently, all medium and high priority customers in the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme have full access to their water allocations.

Recognising that water supply demand from customers (both new and existing) can change; SunWater is involved in a number of exercises to forecast this demand and assess options to prepare for any future increases beyond current reserves.

Current Burdekin region projects

As owner and operator of Burdekin Falls Dam and the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme, SunWater is looking at the following opportunities to further harness the value of these assets for the benefit of the region:

In the delivery of these projects SunWater is actively engaging and working with customers, Government agencies and technical experts to support best-practice, efficient solutions aligned with the requirements of our customers and communities.

QUICK FACTS: Burdekin Falls Dam

Storage capacity: 1,860,000ML

Full-supply level: 154m AHD

Water supply scheme: Key asset in Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme

Customers: >400 irrigation, industrial and urban water customers including the City of Townsville

Stream: Burdekin River

Catchment area: 114, 200km2

Nearest town: Ravenswood, Qld

Dam type: Mass concrete

Constructed: 1987