Upper Condamine

Upper Condamine

Scheme

Announced Allocations
High Priority A
100%
High Priority B
100%
Medium Priority
85%
Storages
Leslie Dam
28.8%
Talgai Weir
105.75%
Lemon Tree Weir
104.35%
Water Pricing
Fees and Charges 2021-2022
Fees and Charges 2020-2021
Fees and Charges 2019-2020

Scheme information

About

Leslie Dam is the main water storage for the Upper Condamine Scheme, which supplies irrigation and urban water supply to users in Warwick and Cecil Plains.

How the scheme works
  • Water from Leslie Dam is released to supplement natural flows in the Upper Condamine River system to supply irrigators.
  • Water is supplied to the Condamine River North Branch by the Yarramalong pump station and pipeline.
  • Four weirs operate in the scheme downstream of Leslie Dam including Talgai Weir, Yarramalong Weir, Lemon Tree Weir and Cecil Plains Weir.
 Water uses
  • Irrigation water for cotton, sorghum, maize, soybean, sunflower, barley, oats, wheat, canary and Lucerne.
  • Urban water supply for the towns of Warwick and Cecil Plains.

Scheme Management

The Upper Condamine 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 Upper Burnett scheme as well as water sharing rules and seasonal water assignment (temporary trade) rules.

The Upper Condamine Supply Scheme ROL Operations Manual was issued in February 2019.

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Upper Condamine scheme that best meets their needs.  To manage this water delivery, arrangements for taking of water within the Scheme have been developed in consultation with its Irrigator Advisory Committee.

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 Upper Condamine’s Rules and Targets.

Delivery timing

Orders are processed on a daily basis at 6:30am. Orders received after this time cannot be processed until the following day. Please make allowance for these times when placing your order.

The travel time, the number of hours/days it takes from the morning after the order is placed to get water from the dam or weirs to your pump, is:

Upper Condamine Scheme Area Travel time after order is placed
Leslie Dam to Talgai Weir4 days
Talgai Weir to Yarramalong Weir8 days
Yarramalong Weir to Cecil Plains Weir14 days
North Branch18 days
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 [Link to contacts page], as soon as possible, of any rain event or other circumstances that substantially lessens their water requirements. When wide spread general rain exceeds 40 mm in a day over the Upper Condamine 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 13 15 89 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Upper Condamine’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Upper Condamine Irrigator Advisory Committee is a group of irrigators within the scheme that have been elected by irrigation customers to represent their interests in relation to scheme operations and water supply issues and improvements with Sunwater.

The committee:

  • provides advice and recommendations to Sunwater regarding scheme operational issues
  • represents the interests of the broader irrigator base in respect of Sunwater’s ongoing operation of the water supply scheme
  • provides a mechanism for Sunwater and its customers to raise and discuss matters of mutual interest in relation to the management of the physical aspects of the scheme and customer relationship issues
  • work collaboratively with Sunwater to identify and introduce new approaches and improvements to water management.
Committee members
NamePositionRepresentative Area/Section
Lindsay KriegChairmanNorth Branch
Gary CooperCommittee MemberTop End
Fraser BlighCommittee MemberNorth Branch
Johannes RoellgenCommittee MemberRiver
Lyn BrazilCommittee MemberRiver
Richard JubbCommittee MemberTop End

Stay up to date with the Upper Condamine Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced Allocations

Water Year: 2020/2021
High priority A: 100%
High priority B: 100%
Medium priority: 85% (previously 82%)
Risk B priority: 0%

Announced Allocations effective 1 June 2021 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Important message regarding water availability

In accordance with provisions of Section 6 of the Upper Condamine Water Supply Scheme Operations Manual, the High B and Medium Priority release (cut-off) rule will be activated when Leslie Dam is equal to or below 460.35 m AHD (volume 15,000 ML).

If this rule is activated, Sunwater will be unable to make releases to deliver any unused High B or Medium Priority allocation water, so the Announced Allocations are not guaranteed.

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
Upper Condamine

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 June 2021

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Operational Report

effective 1 May 2021

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Operational Report

effective 1 April 2021

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Operational Report

effective 1 July 2020

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Operational Report

effective 17 February 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.

Upper Condamine Bulk Supply

2021-22 Draft Service and Performance Plan

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Upper Condamine Bulk Supply

2021 Service and Performance Plan

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Upper Condamine Bulk Supply

2020 Network Service Plan

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Scheme news

EOWY Newsletter

2018-2019

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Information Bulletin

June 2018

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EOWY Newsletter

2019-2020

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Customer update: electricity cost pass-through trial

February 2021

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Scheme history

Crops
Irrigation supports crops as diverse as sunflowers, fodder and cotton across the region.
Image courtesy of Natalie Fogerty and Goondiwindi Regional Council

Upper Condamine Water Supply Scheme

The scheme supplies Warwick’s town water as well as that of Cecil Plains, but it also underpins irrigation on the Darling Downs, serving about 100 bulk customers that use irrigation to grow crops including cotton, sorghum, maize, soybean, sunflower, barley, oats, wheat, canary grass and lucerne.

The area, with a heart that is all country, is home to one of Australia’s biggest rodeos while Australia’s greatest shearer, Jackie Howe, was born nearby and the city has erected a memorial to him.