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SCHEME

Callide Valley

Scheme storages:

Callide Dam
Kroombit Dam

Callide Weir
Stag Creek Weir

Announced allocations

High A & B priority


100%

Medium Priority


100% / 90% (Zone 8B)

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About

The Callide Valley Scheme draws water from Callide and Kroombit Dams. It supports major industry in the Banana Shire including coal mining, beef production, power generation, dryland cropping and irrigation cropping.

How the scheme works

  • Water is released from Callide and Kroombit Dams to downstream controlling structures where it filters into underlying aquifers. The majority of water supplied comes from these aquifers
  • Irrigation water is supplied from groundwater reserves in the valley.

Water uses

  • Irrigation
  • Urban water supply for Biloela
  • Industrial water for businesses located in the Callide Valley including Callide Power Station.

Scheme history

  • Callide Dam was constructed in 1965 and its capacity expanded in 1988.

Callide Valley Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Callide Valley 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 Callide Valley’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 Callide Valley 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).

Callide Valley’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Callide Valley 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 Representative Area/Section
Ray Wilkie Committee Member Surface Water
Fiona Pitt Committee Member 3B Benefited
David Snell Committee Member 5 Benefited
Ken Bauer Committee Member 7 Benefited
Richard Fairley Committee Member 8A and 8B Benefited
Jeff Stringer Committee Member 10B Benefited
Duncan Downie Committee Member Teys Brothers

 

Stay up to date with the Callide Valley Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

Surface Water
High A priority 100%
High B priority: 100%
Ground water
Section 3A Medium priority: 100%
Section 3B Medium priority: 100%
Section 5 Medium priority: 100%
Section 7 Medium priority: 100%
Section 8A Medium priority: 100%
Section 8B Medium priority: 90%
Section 10B Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2019, and will be applicable until revised and communicated by SunWater.

2018-2019 Carryover Parameters – Benefited Area Groundwater – CAP 1,500 ML with 100.00% Pro rata

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.

Monthly Account Balances for water stored in Callide Dam
Month Callide (ML) CS Energy (ML) Callide Power Management (ML)
30-Jun-19 64519 -1205 -485
31-Jul-19 61815 -1015 -474

For information regarding Groundwater Monitoring bores, please refer to our latest report.

The history of Announced Allocations for Callide Valley can be found here.

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 Callide Valley 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 Callide Valley Scheme draws water from Callide and Kroombit Dams. It supports major industry in the Banana Shire including coal mining, beef production, power generation, dryland cropping and irrigation cropping.

How the scheme works

  • Water is released from Callide and Kroombit Dams to downstream controlling structures where it filters into underlying aquifers. The majority of water supplied comes from these aquifers
  • Irrigation water is supplied from groundwater reserves in the valley.

Water uses

  • Irrigation
  • Urban water supply for Biloela
  • Industrial water for businesses located in the Callide Valley including Callide Power Station.

Scheme history

  • Callide Dam was constructed in 1965 and its capacity expanded in 1988.

Callide Valley Schematic Plan