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Burdekin Haughton

Scheme storages:

Burdekin Falls Dam

Blue Valley Weir
Clare Weir
Giru Weir
Gorge Weir
Val Bird Weir

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


83%

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About

The Burdekin Haughton Scheme supplies water for irrigation customers in the lower Burdekin River region and supplements urban and industrial requirements for Townsville and Thuringowa.

How the scheme works

The scheme sources its water from Burdekin Falls Dam covering an area of 22,400 hectares and ponds water 50km up the Burdekin River. It operates in conjunction with existing storages including the Clare and Gorge Weir on the Burdekin River, and Val Bird and Giru Weir on the Haughton River.

  • Channels systems are located on both sides of the Burdekin River. Each section is served by major pump stations located on Clare Weir
  • The pump stations divert water into main channels on each river bank and then to customers
  • Tom Fenwick Pump Station services the Haughton and Barratta Main Channels that provides water to customers between the Burdekin and Haughton rivers
  • The Haughton Main Channel supplements the Haughton River and Giru groundwater area.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for farmers
  • Urban water supply for Townsville and Thuringowa
  • Industrial water for local business including quarries and sugar mills
  • Supplement to groundwater supplies.

Scheme history

  • In the early 1950s the Burdekin River Irrigation Area was established on 7,500 hectares at Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg. Water supplies for this limited area came from the Gorge Weir and Blue Valley Weir. In the 1970s this supply was supplemented from Eungella Dam, on the Broken River behind Mackay
  • In March 1980, the Queensland Parliament authorised the establishment of the Burdekin River Project – the largest land and water conservation scheme undertaken in Queensland. The project supplies water for the irrigation of new and existing farms in the lower Burdekin River region, and supplements the urban and industrial needs of the twin cities of Townsville and Thuringowa.

Burdekin Haughton Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Burdekin Haughton scheme that best meets their needs.

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 Burdekin Haughton’s 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 [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 Burdekin Haughton 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).

Burdekin Haughton’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Burdekin Haughton 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
Name Position
Dean Sgori Chairperson
Greg Barbagello Committee Member
Mario Barbagello Committee Member
Mauro Garbuio Committee Member
Russell Jordon Committee Member
Terry Williams Committee Member
Wayne Smith Committee Member

 

Stay up to date with the Burdekin Haughton Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 83%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2019 and applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Carryover Methodology

Maximum Volume of Carryover = 25% of the total nominal volume for the scheme.

Maximum volume of water that may be carried over by a water user must not be more than 94.6% of their remaining volume at the end of the water year.

(Water User remaining volume x 94.6%) x 100% x 90

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.

 The history of Announced Allocations for Burdekin Haughton can be found here.

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 2019)

Operational Report (effective 1 September 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 August 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 October 2017)

Operational Report (effective 1 August 2017)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2017)

Water pricing

Sunwater reviews bulk water pricing for each supply scheme every three years.

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) is responsible for recommending rural irrigation prices charged by Sunwater. QCA recommendations are considered by Sunwater’s shareholding Ministers, who together make the final decision and set Sunwater’s rural irrigation prices.

Fees and charges

Each year Sunwater releases an updated fees and charges schedule for water supply schemes, detailing the charges set by Sunwater and those subject to the Rural Irrigation Water Pricing Direction. For information on the most recent fees and charges for the Burdekin Haughton scheme, please refer to the documents below.

Latest news

For the latest news on your water supply scheme, check out our End of Year Newsletter, information bulletins and additional notices to customers below.

About

The Burdekin Haughton Scheme supplies water for irrigation customers in the lower Burdekin River region and supplements urban and industrial requirements for Townsville and Thuringowa.

How the scheme works

The scheme sources its water from Burdekin Falls Dam covering an area of 22,400 hectares and ponds water 50km up the Burdekin River. It operates in conjunction with existing storages including the Clare and Gorge Weir on the Burdekin River, and Val Bird and Giru Weir on the Haughton River.

  • Channels systems are located on both sides of the Burdekin River. Each section is served by major pump stations located on Clare Weir
  • The pump stations divert water into main channels on each river bank and then to customers
  • Tom Fenwick Pump Station services the Haughton and Barratta Main Channels that provides water to customers between the Burdekin and Haughton rivers
  • The Haughton Main Channel supplements the Haughton River and Giru groundwater area.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for farmers
  • Urban water supply for Townsville and Thuringowa
  • Industrial water for local business including quarries and sugar mills
  • Supplement to groundwater supplies.

Scheme history

  • In the early 1950s the Burdekin River Irrigation Area was established on 7,500 hectares at Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg. Water supplies for this limited area came from the Gorge Weir and Blue Valley Weir. In the 1970s this supply was supplemented from Eungella Dam, on the Broken River behind Mackay
  • In March 1980, the Queensland Parliament authorised the establishment of the Burdekin River Project – the largest land and water conservation scheme undertaken in Queensland. The project supplies water for the irrigation of new and existing farms in the lower Burdekin River region, and supplements the urban and industrial needs of the twin cities of Townsville and Thuringowa.

Burdekin Haughton Schematic Plan