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Bowen Broken Rivers

History

Eungella Dam was constructed in 1969 to meet the requirements of a thermal power station at Collinsville and the town water requirement of Collinsville and Scottsville. Irrigation supplies were also made available to landholders in the lower Bowen River Valley and the Burdekin River Water Supply Scheme.

Eungella Dam’s role has changed since the construction of Burdekin Falls Dam and no longer supplements the Burdekin River.

The urban and industrial water is delivered via four pipelines; two from Eungella Dam and two from the Bowen Broken River Weir near Collinsville. Two of these pipelines are owned by SunWater and its subsidiary company.

Uses of Water

Irrigation

The scheme supplies water for several irrigation farms downstream of Bowen River Weir.

Urban Water Supplies

The Bowen Broken Water Supply Scheme System supplies the towns of Collinsville/Scottsville, Glendon and Moranbah.

Industrial

Several mines and the Collinsville Power Station use water from the scheme.

Major Storage

Eungella Dam

Eungella Dam is situated on Broken River, approximately 40 kilometres west of the township of Eungella and 133 kilometres west of Mackay.

Channel/Pipeline System

The Collinsville Pipeline takes water from the Bowen River Weir and distributes the water for several mines and the Collinsville Power Station, as well as the Collinsville township.