National Water Account 2019

Burdekin: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2018–30 June 2019

  • A monsoon low in late January 2019 contributed to above-average wet season rainfall.
  • Storage levels in February 2019 exceeded 200% full due to heavy rainfall associated with the monsoon trough.
  • Water use was 853 GL, more than 10% below last year's volume, reflecting the wet conditions.

Climate and water


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741 mm

above the average of 641 mm


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well above average

during February 2019


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99% full


7% more than last year

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Burdekin region. A total of 853 GL of water was used in the region in 2018–19. Surface water made up 80% of total water use; groundwater made up 20% of the use.

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Burdekin region. A total of 853 GL of water was supplied to users in 2018–19. 55% of total water supply was for the irrigation scheme; 43% was for individual users; <1% was for the urban system; and 2% was for inter-region supply.

Water status


1,210 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

2,000 GL

water assets at 30 June 2019

10 GL less than last year



in storage expected during the 2019–20 year