News

Water supply in key dams is good despite hot, dry summer

ALMOST FULL: Wivenhoe Dam is almost 80% full as other dams in the region reach capacity.
ALMOST FULL: Wivenhoe Dam is almost 80% full as other dams in the region reach capacity. Claudia Baxter

DESPITE the forecast of a hot, dry summer, Ipswich has good water security according to the Water Outlook for South East Queensland, released by the region's Water Service Providers Partnership yesterday.

The annual Water Outlook publication summarises key information about dam water supply levels, water consumption and the weather forecast for the summer months.

Seqwater chief executive officer Peter Dennis said the combined capacity of the region's 12 key water supply dams was 81.3%.

"These dams, known as Grid Twelve, make up nearly 90% of south-east Queensland's total water storage volume," he said.

While Atkinson Dam is only 35.9% full, other dams in the region are relatively full with Wivenhoe Dam at 79.7%, Somerset Dam at 97.4%, Moogerah Dam at 81.4% and Lake Manchester Dam at 95%.

"Our interconnected bulk water supply network enables us to efficiently transport water to where it is needed most, from the Sunshine Coast, to greater Brisbane, to Redlands, Logan and south to the Gold Coast."

Mr Dennis said given the Bureau of Meteorology forecast of hot and dry conditions this summer, Seqwater would continue to monitor dam levels and water consumption closely.

"The average daily water consumption across the south-east in November 2014 was 190 litres per person per day.

"This is a stark contrast to consumption levels before the millennium drought, when the region's residents were using an average of 330 litres per person per day," Mr Dennis said.

"The continued modest consumption following the drought shows the water use behaviour of south-east Queensland residents has shifted considerably.

"The conservative manner in which the community continues to manage its water use is one of the key reasons water security remains good."

Mr Dennis said it was important to remember we live in a climate of extremes and therefore need to be ready to adjust our water use when conditions change.

"Making smart choices all year round saves money and protects our water supply."

He said that Seqwater worked with its water service provider partners to ensure the network was well prepared to manage extreme weather events or other changing circumstances.

Queensland Urban Utilities is responsible for providing water to the Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset council areas.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokeswoman Michelle Cull said that while people had remained water wise since the drought, our water habits had changed during the hotter months, with outdoor water use more than doubling from around 40 litres per household per day in winter to around 85 litres per day in summer.

Topics:  water security




Captain getting back to best with hot shots

Ipswich Force captain Bree Farley.

Farley fires up at right time of season

High five this: Ipswich's promising future off to nationals

Ipswich under-18, state league and Queensland Schoolgirls representative Kate Head.

Under-18 schoolgirls highlight fine young talent

Amazing comeback sets up Ipswich state finals charge

Ipswich Force basketballer Kyle Harvey produced another strong all-round performance to help secure his team a finals spot.

Force men positive about playoff prospects

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

Keira Maguire and Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor.

SEVEN gears up for the Rio Olympics while The Bachelor continues.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb