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SCHEME

Upper Condamine

Scheme storages:

Leslie Dam

Cecil Plains Weir
Lemon Tree Weir
Melrose Weir
Nangwee Weir
Talgai Weir
Wando Weir
Yarramalong Weir

Announced allocations

High priority A


100%

High priority B


100%

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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 history

  • The Queensland Government approved the scheme in 1961 and Leslie Dam was completed in 1965.
  • The first stage of Leslie Dam was designed to allow the addition of a second stage to provide increased storage capacity.

Upper Condamine Schematic Plan

Scheme management

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 Weir 4 days
Talgai Weir to Yarramalong Weir 8 days
Yarramalong Weir to Cecil Plains Weir 14 days
North Branch 18 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.

Upper Condamine Committee Members

Name
Position
Representative Area/Section
Lindsay Krieg Chairman North Branch
Gary Cooper Committee Member Top End
Fraser Bligh Committee Member North Branch
Johannes Roellgen Committee Member River
Lyn Brazil Committee Member River
Richard Jubb Committee Member Top End

 

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

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2018/2019

High priority A: 100%
High priority B: 100%
Medium priority: 0%
Risk B priority: 0%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2018 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING WATER AVAILABILITY

In accordance with provisions of section 165 of the Condamine Balonne ROP, the High B & Medium Priority release (cut-off) rule has been activated as the level of Leslie Dam is equal to or below 460.35mAHD (volume 15,005ML).

As the rule has been activated, releases cannot be made to supply medium and high class B priority water allocations as the storage of Leslie Dam is below 460.35mAHD (approx 15,000ML).

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 Upper Condamine 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 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

 

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 Upper Condamine 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

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 history

  • The Queensland Government approved the scheme in 1961 and Leslie Dam was completed in 1965.
  • The first stage of Leslie Dam was designed to allow the addition of a second stage to provide increased storage capacity.

Upper Condamine Schematic Plan