Dams holding well despite the dry

THE region's dams remain in good shape despite an extremely dry summer in south-east Queensland.

The combined storage level of the 12 key dams was at 85.8% yesterday.

Seqwater CEO Peter Dennis said levels across the grid dropped by about 7% over summer, with about 3% of the overall decrease attributed to the releases undertaken as part of the Somerset Dam Improvement Program.

"Average daily residential water consumption did increase slightly over the period as south-east Queenslanders continued to use water to combat the hot conditions," he said.

"At present, Little Nerang Dam and Wappa Dam are the only un-gated dams spilling, but as always, we're keeping a close eye on the weather and will update you if anything changes."

Among the worst affected by the summer dry are the dams in the Lockyer Valley, especially Atkinson Dam.

"A lack of significant rainfall events in the catchment areas for these dams since 2013 has led to a continuing decrease in storage capacity," Mr Dennis said.

"We are currently unable to supply parts of the Lower Lockyer and Central Lockyer water supply schemes due to low levels in these storages."

There are no pipelines to divert water to the Lockyer Valley from Wivenhoe Dam.



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