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Boyne River & Tarong

History

The Boyne River and Tarong Water Supply Scheme has two main purposes - to supply the water requirements of the Tarong Power Station and to provide water for irrigation along the Boyne River.

The Boondooma to Tarong pipeline draws water from Boondooma Dam and provides one of the raw water supplies to the Tarong Power Station.
Boondooma Dam comprises two concrete-faced rockfill embankments, which were completed in 1982 and the pipeline was completed in 1983, approximately two years before the opening of Tarong Power Station. It incorporates three pumping stations and 3 balancing storages.

Uses of Water

Irrigation

Irrigators source water from the Boyne River. Water from the Boondooma Dam is released to supplement natural flow in the lower Boyne River.

Industrial

The Boondooma to Tarong Pipeline provides water supplies to the Tarong Power Station.

Major Storage

Boondooma Dam

Boondooma Dam was built in 1982. The dam is fed by the Stuart and Boyne River.

Channel/Pipeline System

The Tarong Pipeline was completed in 1983, approximately two years before the opening of Tarong Power Station. It incorporates three pumping stations – Boondooma, Melrose and Ellwoods Road - and three balancing storages – Melrose, Ellwoods Road and Goodger. The Tarong Pipeline draws its water from the Boondooma Dam. Water is pumped from Boondooma Dam via three pump stations along the 95 kilometre route.

Supply of water along the Boondooma-Tarong Pipeline is essential to maintain operation of the Tarong Power Station. Water is used by Tarong Power Station for cooling purposes.