Irrigators are expected to have their water cut off in September.
Irrigators are expected to have their water cut off in September. Mike Knott BUN051017IRRIGATION1

Farmers face nervous wait

IRRIGATORS that rely on Boondooma Dam are set to have a nervous wait as the dam is expected to reach cut off levels in September.

SunWater has recently confirmed water allocations for 2018-19.

This was announced following the completion of final calculations across the 31 water supply schemes owned by SunWater.

Medium priority water allocations generally have lower reliability compared to high priority water allocations and are mainly used for agricultural production.

For the Boyne River and Tarong, medium priority water allocations are at 24 per cent.

This is until storage reaches the medium priority cut off level of 70,000 mega litres.

It is currently estimated that this allocation will be cut off on September 10.

High priority customers pay a higher fee for more reliable water access and allocations are typically used for town water supply and industrial use.

High priority water allocations for the Boyne River and Tarong are at 100 per cent.

These figures are calculated on the amount of water that is in storage combined with variable factors including evaporation, seepage and use.

SunWater Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Hollows said that she is committed to working closely with irrigators in schemes with low allocations to ensure that they remained well informed about available water supply, given more than half of Queensland is drought declared.

Ms Hollows said that she understands the significant pressure that low allocations are having on customers' businesses across some schemes.

"We will diligently to determine rostering and scheduling systems for irrigators in these schemes to ensure water is delivered in a way that minimises loss and maximises availabily,” Ms Hollows said.

SunWater is always looking for ways to maximise available water volumes and work with customers to find innovative ways to improve water availability.


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