Sunwater has today released the Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme announced allocations for the 2021-22 water year.
Medium priority allocations for the Burnett sub-scheme (Paradise Dam) are 22 per cent.
Medium priority allocations for the Kolan sub-scheme (Fred Haigh Dam) are 98 per cent.
High priority allocations for both sub-schemes are 100 per cent.
Allocations are set at the start of the water year and cannot decrease as dam capacity levels reduce.
However, it is important to note that should inflows occur allocations can increase to a maximum of 100 per cent, as they did during the 2020-21 water year.
We understand the significant pressure drought conditions are having.
Over the last 24 months the Burnett has seen some of the lowest rainfall on record for the region. Across the catchment, prevailing dry conditions have impacted all Sunwater water storages.
Sunwater is hopeful the rainfall forecast in coming days delivers inflows to water storages in the Bundaberg region, and provides a boost to the announced allocations.
We will continue to work with customers and other stakeholders to ensure there is as much water available as possible for irrigators and the community.