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SunWater announces water allocations for 2018-19

27-Jul-2018

SunWater has confirmed water allocations for 2018-19 following the completion of final calculations across its 31 water supply schemes.

Water allocations indicate the percentage of an irrigation customer’s purchased water entitlement expected to be made available for use within a water year.

The figures are calculated on the amount of water in storage combined with variable factors such as evaporation, seepage and use.

SunWater Chief Executive Officer Nicole Hollows said she was committed to working closely with irrigators in schemes with low allocations to ensure they remained well informed about available water supply, given more than half of Queensland is drought declared.

“Pleasingly most medium priority allocations have remained at or near 100 per cent which is great news for many irrigators,” Ms Hollows said.

“However we understand the significant pressure low allocations across some schemes are having on customers’ business. We will work diligently to determine rostering and scheduling systems for irrigators in these schemes to ensure water is delivered in a way that minimises loss and maximises availability.

“Announced allocations will also be recalculated at regular intervals throughout the water year to take into account any additional inflows.”

In Nogoa Mackenzie SunWater will begin a major water efficiency project this year to help reduce water losses by up to 6000 megalitres per annum.

Ms Hollows said the works were a prime example of how SunWater was looking to maximise available water volumes and work with customers to find innovative ways to improve water availability.

“The $11.7 million Nogoa Mackenzie project received a funding contribution of $3 million from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and will help minimise water losses through re-lining 34 kilometres of channel,” she said.

“This outcome is incredibly positive for local irrigators and demonstrates our commitment to helping create thriving regional economies through irrigation.”

SunWater will also progress business cases for Burdekin Falls Dam Raising and the construction of Nullinga Dam in 2018-19 to lay the foundations for future projects which could improve water security and supply in key schemes.

Medium priority (MP) water allocations generally have lower reliability compared to high priority water allocations and are mainly used for agricultural production.

High priority (HP) customers pay a higher fee for more reliable water access and allocations are typically used for town water supply and industrial use.

Scheme Medium priority allocation 18/19 High priority allocation 18/19

Barker Barambah

10%

100%

Bowen Broken

100%

100%

Boyne River and Tarong

24% until storage reaches medium priority cut off level of 70 000ML, currently estimated at 10th September)

100%

Bundaberg Burnett

89%

100%

Bundaberg Kolan

100%

100%

Burdekin Haughton

78%

100%

Callide (Surface Water)

N/A

100%

Callide (Ground Water)*

Section 3A – 100%

Section 3B – 100%

Section 5 – 100%

Section 7 – 100%

Section 8A – 100%

Section 8B – 90%

Section 10B – 100%

N/A

Chinchilla

0%

100% (seven months)

Cunnamulla

59%

N/A

Julius

N/A (HP allocations only)

100%

Lower Fitzroy

100%

100%

Lower Mary

100%

100%

Macintyre Brook

Not applicable – Based on continuous share methodology

N/A

Mareeba Dimbulah

100%

100%

Nogoa Mackenzie**

6%

100%

Pioneer

A – 100%

B – 100%

A 100%

B 100%

Proserpine

A1 – 100%

A2 – 90%

A3 – 75%

100%

St George

Not applicable – Based on continuous share methodology

N/A

Three Moon SW

100%

100%

Three Moon GW

100%

100%

Upper Burnett

Wuruma-Kirar – 100%

Jones – 100%

Claude Wharton – 100%

John Goleby – 98%

100%

Upper Condamine

0%

100%

 

*Callide Groundwater medium priority allocations are separated into sections to account for local geography.

**Please note customers in Nogoa Mackenzie will be able to carry over unused water from 17-18 up to a total WSS cap of 75,000ML. Once this cap is reached carry over volumes will be reduced proportionately.

Note 1: Please note this table does not include information regarding Eton WSS as the water year for this scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March. Click here to view allocations.

Note 2: Please note this table does not include information regarding Dawson Valley WSS as the water year for this scheme runs from 1 October to 30 September. Click here to view allocations.


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