Water is released from Burdekin Falls Dam to Clare Weir, which forms a pumping pool and regulating structure. From here it is distributed through several pump stations, pipelines, balancing storages and channels to the irrigation area, and along the Burdekin River to the north and south Burdekin water boards and river customers.
Water is released from Callide and Kroombit dams to downstream controlling structures and percolates into the underlying aquifers. Irrigators draw their supplies from the aquifers and directly from Kroombit and Callide creeks during releases. Water is pumped from Callide Dam to the Callide power stations and Banana Shire Council.
The scheme is supplied by Fairbairn Dam via the Selma and Weemah channel systems and supplemented sections of the Nogoa–Mackenzie River. The scheme also includes three weirs along the Mackenzie River and the Blackwater Pipeline that supplies coalmines around Blackwater.
Wuruma Dam supplements sections and supplies weirs along the Burnett and Nogo rivers. The supplemented section of the Burnett River also collects runoff from the Auburn and Boyne rivers and unused water released from Boondooma Dam’s Boyne River outlet. The allocation and delivery figures include those from Kirar Weir.