Boyne River crisis has now improved
Wivenhoe Pipeline’s been fixed
IT’S a welcome reprieve for irrigators and farmers across the North Burnett region.
The Boondooma Dam which feeds into the Boyne River has received a huge influx of rain in the month of March, almost doubling the levels it was before.
A spokesperson for SunWater said Boondooma increased by 16.5% — from 75,000ML on March 29 to 108,000 on April 26.
❝ It’s too early for us to provide any certainty around the announced allocation percentages for the 2018 water year.
allocation for Boyne River medium priority water allocations is currently 100% and we expect the dam level increase will allow us to make announced allocation water available to irrigators up until the end of the 2017 water year (June 30),” the spokesperson said.
“It’s too early for us to provide any certainty around the announced allocation percentages for the 2018 water year – given the dam level may change in the coming months.
“However we’re continuing discussions with the Boyne River Irrigator Advisory Committee on short and long-term water access arrangements and we will work something out.”
A spokesperson for Stanwell said the pipeline had now been fixed.
“It has also carried out repairs to the Wivenhoe pipeline. The pipeline was built to manage supply risks from Boondooma Dam, which was originally built for the Tarong Power Station,” the spokesperson said.
“As the level of Boondooma Dam has now increased to approximately 53 per cent and Wivenhoe Dam is a much more expensive source of water, there are no current plans for Tarong Power Station to source water from Wivenhoe Dam.”
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