Healthy dams pos­i­tive sign for ir­ri­ga­tors

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

HEALTHY dam lev­els in the Cal­lide and Daw­son val­leys, thanks to the re­cent rain, is mu­sic to the ears of the re­gion’s ir­ri­ga­tors.

The Cal­lide Dam is cur­rently sit­ting at 66.9 per cent ca­pac­ity, and the Kroom­bit Dam 36 per cent.

Both the dam op­er­a­tors and farm­ers have their fin­gers crossed for con­sis­tent rain­fall over sum­mer to al­low fur­ther in­creases to al­lo­ca­tions.

Wa­ter stor­age lev­els vary year-to-year de­pend­ing on rain, cli­mate and cus­tomer de­mand.

A SunWater spokesman said the sig­nif­i­cant in­flows had boosted medium pri­or­ity al­lo­ca­tions in the Lower Daw­son sub scheme from 12 to 81 per cent.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic re­sult for ir­ri­ga­tors,” they said.

“In­flows into the Up­per Daw­son sub scheme saw a small improve­ment in medium pri­or­ity al­lo­ca­tions from 0 to 3 per cent, while Medium-A Pri­or­ity Al­lo­ca­tions have in­creased from 0 per cent to 23 per cent.

“The Cal­lide and Daw­son Val­ley schemes have suf­fi­cient avail­able wa­ter sup­ply to meet short and medium term ir­ri­ga­tion re­quire­ments which is great news for our cus­tomers.”

PHOTO: MACKENZIE COLAHAN

TOPPED UP: The SunWater man­aged Cal­lide Dam is now sit­ting at 66.9% ca­pac­ity fol­low­ing the re­cent rain­fall.

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