The Wivenhoe Dam floodgates are set to open this week in a bid to reduce the dam level to 75% ahead of predicted heavy summer rains.
The Wivenhoe Dam floodgates are set to open this week in a bid to reduce the dam level to 75% ahead of predicted heavy summer rains. File

Water restrictions to ease

THE IMMINENT release of water from Wivenhoe Dam will see water restrictions for Ipswich residents temporarily suspended from midnight tonight.

Water is expected to be released from Wivenhoe from tomorrow with the temporary lifting of restrictions to run through until midnight on Sunday, November 27.

"This temporary change to water restrictions during the planned time of the release of water from Wivenhoe will provide the opportunity to undertake some pre-Christmas clean-up activities around the house," Deputy Premier Andrew Frazer said.

"While most of our permanent water restrictions are limited, this suspension of restrictions will effectively mean people can freely use water around the house until next Sunday. The last time there was a temporary relaxation after the floods, our water usage only increased by about 20 litres per person per day."

Mr Fraser said that was a small fraction of that which will be released from Wivenhoe Dam which is set to be reduced from 80 per cent of its drinking water capacity to 75 per cent to prepare for the wet season.



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