WATER BOOST: Recent rain has brought welcome relief for Boyne River irrigators.
WATER BOOST: Recent rain has brought welcome relief for Boyne River irrigators. Nita Matzky-Sting

Rain bolsters dam levels in Boyne River region

IT'S good news for the community with dam levels rising significantly after a down-pouring over the last couple of days.

The medium priority cut-off for both schemes was lifted a few days ago following significant inflows that brought both storages above the critical water supply.

Inflows into the Boondooma Dam and the Mary River have provided drought affected irrigators in the Boyne River and the Wide Bay region a temporary relief from the medium priority water cut-off, following recent rainfall in the catchments.

The Boondooma Dam has increased its water storage level to 36.7% with a 5000ML increase.

The Mary River Barrage have increased their storage level to 100% with a 5000ML increase.

Southern region irrigators in the Upper Condamine and St George also received good news, with some flow in the Condamine River and a predicted 10,000 mega litre increase expected for Beardmore.

SunWater executive manager operations and service, Colin Bendall said the recent inflows are relatively minor but are welcome reprieve for irrigators who have battled extremely dry conditions and critically low storage levels.

"It's been really tough for our irrigators, particularly those in the Boyne and Mary River water supply schemes who have been unable to access water from Mary River Barrage and Boondoomba Dam for the past few weeks,” Mr Bendall said.

"Ideally we would like to see more significant inflows into some of our storages, but right now we'll welcome any increase that enables us to deliver much needed water to irrigators,” he said.

Mr Bendall said SunWater would be focused on maximising the water available to customers.

"Our local staff will be working hard to make sure we can deliver water as efficiently as possible,” Mr Bendall said.

"Close communication with our irrigator advisory committees and customers will be critical to efficient scheduling and delivery,” he said.

Water supply for medium priority allocation customers in the Mary River and Boyne River water supply schemes was cut-off earlier in the month due to the critically low storage levels.



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