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SCHEME

Chinchilla Weir

Scheme storages:

Chinchilla Weir

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


100%

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About

The Chinchilla Beneficial Use Scheme draws its water from Chinchilla Weir, located on the Condamine River. It supports irrigation along the alluvial flats of the river and supplements the town water supply for Chinchilla.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme utilses coal seam gas water treated at the Kenya Water Treatment Plant. Treated water is released into the Chinchilla Weir mainly for use by irrigators
  • The release of treated water is regulated under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Beneficial Use Approval ENBU02701811
  • Sunwater conducts water quality monitoring and publishes quarterly data reports.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for farming
  • Urban water supply for Chinchilla.

Scheme history

  • Chinchilla Weir was built in 1973.

Chinchilla Weir Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Chinchilla Weir 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 Chinchilla Weir’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, 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 Chinchilla Weir 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).

Chinchilla Weir’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Chinchilla Weir 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.

Chinchilla Weir Committee Members

Name
Position
Representative Area/Section
John Bender Chairperson
David Uebergang Committee Member
Ian Wolski Committee Member
Mark Jenyns Committee Member

 

Stay up to date with the Chinchilla Weir Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2018/2019

High priority: 100% 
Medium priority: 100% (Previously 0%)

Announced Allocations effective 19 December 2018, and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING WATER AVAILABILITY

In accordance with provisions of section 168 (1) of the Condamine Balonne ROP, where the scheme level in Chinchilla Weir is –

(a) greater than or equal to 294.39m AHD – the ROL holder may make releases from Chinchilla Weir to supply water allocations in zones CBS-02, CBS-03 and CBS-04; and

(b) less than 294.39m AHD and greater than or equal to 292.71m AHD – the ROL holder may make releases from Chinchilla Weir to supply water allocations in zone CBS-02.

In accordance with provisions of section 168 (2) of the Condamine Balonne ROP, Medium Priority water allocation holders in zone CBS-01 must not take water when the scheme water level in Chinchilla Weir is less than 292.71 m AHD.

If these rules are activated, this may impact on Sunwater’s ability to supply all of the announced allocation volume.

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 Chinchilla Weir 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 19 December 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Operational Report (effective 27 February 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 September 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 Chinchilla Weir 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 Chinchilla Beneficial Use Scheme draws its water from Chinchilla Weir, located on the Condamine River. It supports irrigation along the alluvial flats of the river and supplements the town water supply for Chinchilla.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme utilses coal seam gas water treated at the Kenya Water Treatment Plant. Treated water is released into the Chinchilla Weir mainly for use by irrigators
  • The release of treated water is regulated under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Beneficial Use Approval ENBU02701811
  • Sunwater conducts water quality monitoring and publishes quarterly data reports.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for farming
  • Urban water supply for Chinchilla.

Scheme history

  • Chinchilla Weir was built in 1973.

Chinchilla Weir Schematic Plan