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Restrictions on irrigators hit home

FLOOD DAMAGE: Exposed high-voltage conduits at the Woongarra pump station.
FLOOD DAMAGE: Exposed high-voltage conduits at the Woongarra pump station.

IRRIGATORS face a frustrating wait while state government body SunWater fixes pumping infrastructure damaged in the recent floods.

Water restrictions are in force for local farmers who rely on the Woongarra, Abbotsford and Isis pump stations to water their properties.

The irrigation authority has promised Canegrowers groups it is working to rectify the infrastructureproblems as quickly as possible.

An emergency water roster was implemented last weekend allowing people in the Bundaberg and Childers areas to irrigate one day out of three.

Canegrowers Bundaberg director Tony Castro said the infrastructure damage threatened to impact on the yields of local growers.

"We have every confidence that they are doing anything possible to get the electric motors and equipment dried out and reinstalled as quickly as possible," he said.

"It's going to mean a decreased yield if it keeps up too long because we won't be able to fully take advantage of recent sunny weather."

SunWater area operations manager Neville Wogandt said the main access road to the river had been very badly damaged and the pump station inlets had become silted up with sand and mud.

"The water supply in these areas is now restricted to essential needs only while repairs are carried out," Mr Wogandt said.

He asked irrigators to be patient while SunWater worked to repair the damaged pumping infrastructure.

"We have been in contact with our customers and we ask people to please honour these rosters over the next week as we carry out repairs as quickly as we can," he said.

"At this stage we believe repairs will be completed within the next week and we will update our customers as soon as new information becomes available."

For more information about the water roster please go to sunwater.com.au.

Topics:  canegrowers irrigation sunwater



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