The Proserpine River Water Supply Scheme is based on the Peter Faust Dam, constructed in 1990. Situated near the sugar-growing areas of Proserpine and the rapidly growing Whitsunday coastal resorts, the scheme provides urban water supplies for the area and water supplies for irrigation.

Uses of Water


Water is supplied for the irrigation of sugar cane.

Urban Water Supplies

Water from the scheme supplements urban water supplies for the Whitsunday, Bowen, and Pioneer shires for the towns of Bowen, Proserpine, Airlie Beach and Midge Point.


Water is supplied for sugar milling.

Major Storage

Peter Faust Dam

Peter Faust Dam is situated on the Proserpine River approximately 57 kilometres from its mouth. Built between 1986 and 1990, the dam consists of a zoned earth and rockfill embankment, a concrete-lined spillway and a concrete diversion outlet works, including inlet tower and valve house.