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

Healthy dams a positive sign for irrigators

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 Valley scheme has not received any significant inflows, but allocations are steady at 100 per cent except for one small groundwater section which is still healthy at 90 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.”


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