Announced Allocations
High Class A Priority
High Class B Priority
Kinchant Dam
Water Pricing
Fees and Charges 2019-2020
Fees and Charges 2018-2019

Scheme information


The Eton Scheme sources its water from Kinchant Dam, located 6km southeast of Mirani.

How the scheme works
  • During high river flows, water is harvested from the Pioneer River into Kinchant Dam where it is distributed through a network of pump stations, channels, pipes and balancing storages
  • 35km of open earth channels transport water to various sections of the scheme with a further 130km of pipeline delivering water to customers
  • The Abingdon area draws supply directly from the dam
  • Relift pump stations, located along the main channel and on Kinchant Dam, lift water to higher land while balancing storages ensure an efficient supply system.
Water uses
  • Irrigation water primarily for sugar cane.

Scheme Management

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

Announced Allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020
High Class A priority: 100%
High Class B priority: 100% (previously 94%)

Announced Allocations effective 1 February 2020 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

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

History of Announced Allocations

AA history

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 February 2020

Operational Report

effective 1 January 2020

Operational Report

effective 1 August 2019

Operational Report

effective 1 April 2019


Scheme news

Information Bulletin

April 2019


Scheme history

Sugar growers at Eton
Sugar growers at Eton

Eton Water Supply Scheme

When drought ravaged the sugar industry in the Mackay region in the 1960s, grower organisations lobbied the Queensland Government to invest in water storage infrastructure to avoid a repeat of the hardship it caused.

The government agreed and the scheme was established in 1975. It is named after the small but vibrant town 25 km south-west of Mackay in the heart of the cane district.

The scheme taps into the region’s wet season rainfall by harvesting water from the Pioneer River during high-flow periods and storing it in the Kinchant Dam 8 km away. From there it is distributed to about 300 cane farms through a network of pump stations, 35 km of open channels and 130 km of pipes.

By banishing the spectre of drought, the scheme has laid the foundation for the region’s continuing prosperity.