Water levels at Eden Bann tumbles
STORAGE levels at Eden Bann Weir, 50 kilometres north of Rockhampton, have fallen alarmingly.
The weir on the Fitzroy River, which was built specifically to provide a secure water supply to Stanwell Power Station, was at full capacity of 35,900 megalitres as recently as July.
But it now contains just 11,100 megalitres, having dropped two thirds of its capacity in a little over three months. Fitzroy River Water reports the weir’s usable storage stands at just 17%.
SunWater, which owns and operates the weir, had been releasing 200 megalitres a day for use by the power station. But it has now ceased major releases in an attempt to ensure local supply levels are maintained.
A SunWater spokesman said yesterday it was releasing just 20 megalitres a day to ensure environmental flow objectives were met and to allow local irrigators continued access to supplies.
Meanwhile the Stanwell Corporation has assured customers that it will continue to operate as normal even if Eden Bann runs dry.
It would then take from Rockhampton Barrage, now 85% full.
Elsewhere in the Fitzroy catchment, storages are at healthier levels.
Fairbairn Dam, near Emerald, is 71% full, Tartrus Weir is at 62% of capacity and Bingegang Weir has 65% of its 8060 megalitre maximum.
Bedford Weir, outside Blackwater, is 45% full.