Kununurra & the Ord irrigation area

Find out details about our renewal and maintenance works to our irrigation assets in Kununurra.

In addition to our regular maintenance work to the Kununurra Diversion Dam, we will be undertaking a $4.1 million project to install a new gantry crane. This work will result in changes to the water levels in the Ord River.

To be notified of significant changes to water levels in Lake Kununurra and the Ord River you can sign up to our email list by submitting your contact details to the Kununurra Depot at kununurradepot@watercorporation.com.au

Our wet season operations are in progress between 1 November 2018 and 1 April 2019

During this time, customers will experience fluctuating water levels in the Ord River due to seasonal conditions. Zones 1 (Lake Argyle), Zone 2 (Lake Kununurra) and Zone 3 (Lower Ord) will all be affected. 

Lake Kununurra will operate between 39.50 metres AHD to 41.75 metres AHD. Please note, 41.75 metres AHD is the full supply level of the Kununurra Diversion Dam. On occasions, Lake Kununurra may drop below 39.50 metres AHD as the Kununurra Diversion Dam gate settings are adjusted to compensate for extreme seasonal flows.

If you have pumping or other ancillary equipment in the vicinity of the Ord River or are required to navigate the river, please consider the risks involved and ensure preventative measures are in place.

To conduct our yearly maintenance, we will lower the level of Lake Kununurra for two weeks between Monday 4 February and Monday 4 March 2019.

The water levels will be lowered during the wettest part of the 4 week period to reduce the impact for customers as much as possible. During this period the level of Lake Kununurra will be lowered below 39.50 metres AHD.

Customers will be informed prior to the exact date of the lowering via our email notification process.

What do I need to do?

If you have pumping or other ancillary equipment in the vicinity of the Ord River, please consider risks and preventative measures.

Boats and barges on Lake Kununurra, Packsaddle and Crossing Falls will need to be removed from the water as securing them will not be sufficient.

Boats in Lilly Creek Lagoon may remain in the lagoon, provided they are adequately secured, as once the water recedes they will sit on the river bed.

We are completing a $4.1 million project to install a new gantry crane at the Kununurra Diversion Bridge, located on Victoria Highway.

The crane will be installed in mid-2019. We will provide further updates on this work closer to the date of construction.