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    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark McArdle

    Water security a priority ahead of storm season

    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark McArdle

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Water security a priority ahead of storm season

    Planning for the 2013-14 storm season is set to ramp up, with Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle to meet with the Bureau of Meteorology on October 15.

    Mr McArdle said south east Queensland’s water security remains high with the named dams at 85 per cent capacity or greater.

    “I will be meeting with the Bureau of Meteorology in a few weeks to obtain an initial briefing on the forthcoming wet season,” Mr McArdle said.

    “Although Seqwater constantly monitors dam levels, the weather forecasts and receives advice from the Bureau of Meteorology, it is important my Department and I receive an overview of what we can expect over the summer and develop a plan to deal with any challenges mother nature throws at us.

    “We know that weather is unpredictable; just consider the January 2013 floods so it is important we commence the process of assessment early.”

    Dam

    Current drinking water volume (ML)

    Current drinking water capacity (%)

    Change in capacity on last week (%)

    Wivenhoe

    1,152,442 ML

    98.9%

    0.6%↓

    Somerset

    379,849 ML

    100%

    No change

    North Pine

    187,436 ML

    87.5%

    0.1%↓

    Hinze

    307,193 ML

    98.9%

    0.4%↓

    Baroon Pocket

    57,260 ML

    93.9%

    1.2%↓

    Leslie Harrison

    23,668 ML

    95.2%

    0.8%↓

    Ewen Maddock

    16,230 ML

    97.9%

    0.4%↓

    Cooloolabin

    12,900 ML

    93.5%

    0.9%↓

    Lake Kurwongbah

    12,793 ML

    89.0%

    1.6%↓

    Lake Macdonald

    7,898 ML

    98.5%

    0.6%↓

    Little Nerang

    5,722 ML

    85.3%

    0.6%↑

    Wappa

    4,694 ML

    100%

    0.2%↑

    “As of this morning three un-gated storages are currently spilling over Borumba Dam, Lake Manchester Dam and Wappa Dam,” he said.

    “The flood compartments for Wivenhoe and Somerset dams remain empty and available if required.”

    Information on dam levels across south east Queensland is available at www.previous.seqwater.com.au/public/dam-levels. Information regarding river levels and weather warnings are available on the Bureau of Meteorology website, www.bom.gov.au.

    [ENDS] 17 September 2013                                      

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