In 1909, irrigation flumes provided water to the community of Summerland.
The flume in the Jones Flat area diverted water from Aeneas Creek to provide irrigation to local orchards. Today, some of the historic flumes can still be seen in parts of the community.
Summerland’s reservoirs have a capacity of 14,136 megalitres. The community’s water supply was expanded in 2008 when the size of Thirsk Lake was roughly doubled. The lake, to the west of Summerland, now has a capacity of 6,474 megalitres, up from 3,391 megalitres.
Summerland’s water treatment plant was completed in 2007 and has the capacity to handle up to 75 megalitres of water a day. During the summer months, when irrigation demand is at its highest, the community can reach 112 megalitres of water a day.
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