Bowen Broken Rivers

Bowen Broken Rivers

Scheme

Announced Allocations
High A1 Priority
100%
High A2 Priority
100%
Medium Priority
100%
Storages
Eungella Dam
82.9%
Water Pricing
Fees and Charges 2020-2021
Fees and Charges 2019-2020

Scheme information

About

The Bowen Broken Rivers Scheme sources its water from Eungella Dam located 133km west of Mackay. It supports irrigation customers as well as urban and industrial users.

How the scheme works
  • Urban and industrial water is delivered via four pipelines: two from Eungella Dam and two from Bowen Broken River Wier. Two of the four are owned by Sunwater.
Water uses
  • Irrigation water for landowners downstream of Bowen River Weir
  • Urban water supply for Collinsville/Scottsville, Glendon and Moranbah
  • Industrial supply for mining.

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, as well as the Collinsville township.

Scheme Management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Bowen Broken Rivers scheme that best meets their needs.

The Bowen Broken Rivers Water Supply Scheme Resource Operations Licence (ROL) published here requires Sunwater to operate in accordance with an operations manual that is approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. The operations manual states rules for the operation of infrastructure associated with the Bowen Broken Rivers scheme as well as water sharing rules and seasonal water assignment (temporary trade) rules.

The Bowen Broken Rivers Water Supply Scheme ROL Operations Manual was issued in May 2017.

Taking water from the scheme

The water ordering system assists Sunwater in delivering water to its customers in an efficient and timely way, enabling them to plan and manage their water use.

Before taking any water, customers should place a water order so that Sunwater can release sufficient water and minimise losses.

Customers who take water without ordering may reduce Sunwater’s ability to supply customers who have ordered according to the above requirements.

To place an order

Customers can place their orders via:

Further information about ordering water is detailed in Bowen Broken Rivers Rules and Targets.

Stopping or restricting supply

Sunwater may suspend or restrict supply in a number of circumstances, including:

  • during maintenance of Sunwater’s assets
  • during a peak demand period, when rosters or rations may apply
  • when the demand for water is so small it is impractical to supply it
  • when there is a need to make special releases to maximise efficiency at times of limited supply
  • during rain shutdown
  • infrastructure limitations which make delivery impractical
  • if supply could cause Sunwater to break the law
  • when operating under special notices or regulations issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines {e.g. Water Amendment Regulation (No.3) 2006}.
Weather events and emergency shutdowns

Sunwater asks that customers notify their duty Water Officer, as soon as possible, of any rain event or other circumstances that substantially lessens their water requirements. When widespread general rain exceeds 40 mm in a day over the Bowen Broken Rivers Water Supply Scheme, the duty Water Officer may shut the system down.

Customers are also asked to cancel orders if they no longer require ordered water.

For more information contact

If you experience an equipment or power failure emergency, please give immediate notice to Sunwater by calling Sunwater Customer Support on 131589 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Announced Allocations

Water Year: 2020/2021
High A1 priority: 100%
High A2 priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2020, and will be applicable until 30 June 2021.

Customers are advised to obtain information about their remaining water allocation balance by accessing SunwaterOnline.

For more information or enquiries, phone 13 15 89 or email customersupport@sunwater.com.au.

History of Announced Allocations
Bowen Broken Rivers

AA history

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Operational reports

Sunwater releases periodic operational reports detailing Announced Allocation levels and individual storages’ breakdowns within each scheme, the latest of which can be found below.

Operational Report

effective 1 July 2020

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Operational Report

effective 1 July 2019

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Service and Performance Plans

Sunwater prepares an annual Service and Performance Plan (S&PP) for each irrigation service contract area. S&PPs replace the former annual Network Service Plans and annual Performance Reports.
For further information about this service, please visit the Service and Performance Plan page.

Bowen Broken Rivers Bulk Supply

2022 Draft Service and Performance Plan

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Bowen Broken Rivers Bulk Supply

2021 Service and Performance Plan

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Bowen Broken Rivers Bulk Supply

2020 Network Service Plan

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Scheme news

EOWY Newsletter

2018-2019

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EOWY Newsletter

2019-2020

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Scheme history

Peak Downs coal mining, Bowen Basin
Peak Downs coal mining, Bowen Basin

Bowen Broken Rivers Water Supply Scheme

The scheme’s main storage Eungella Dam, 130 km west of Mackay, was built on the Broken River in 1969 to provide water for the power station at Collinsville in the Bowen Basin coalfields.

In its early years of operation, the scheme also supplied water to the Burdekin River Water Supply Scheme to its north, but the completion of the Burdekin Falls Dam in 1987 meant that supply was no longer required.

The scheme’s principal use today is to meet the demands of several coal mines in the Bowen Basin, as well as the urban water supply for Collinsville/Scottsville, Glendon and Moranbah. The urban and industrial water is delivered via four pipelines — two of which are owned by Sunwater.

Water is also fed into the Bowen River, where it is used by landholders for irrigation and stock and domestic purposes.