Burdekin: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2020–30 June 2021

  • Total annual rainfall was above average and much higher than last year.
  • End-of-year storage was 97% full compared to 93% full the previous year.
  • Water taken for consumptive water use was 876 GL, 13% less than last year.

Climate and water


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683 mm

above the average of 656 mm


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well above average

during January 2021


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97% full


4% more than last year

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Burdekin region. A total of 876 GL of water was used in the region in 2020–21. Surface water made up 80% of total water sourced. Groundwater made up 20% of the water sourced.

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Burdekin region. A total of 876 GL of water was supplied to users in 2020–21. 52% of total water supply was for the irrigation scheme. 46% was for individual users, less than 2% for inter-region supply, and less than 1% was for the urban system.

* Includes non-allocated water use

Water status


1,228 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water availability

12,177 GL

surface water available in 2020–21


4% less than average



in storage expected during the 2021–22 year