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17 November, 2021

Residents urged to be waterwise

SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND (SEQ) residents are being urged to consider water use as the combined capacity of SEQ dams hover around or below 55 per cent.

Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said while the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) was predicting a wetter than average summer, the unpredictability of where rainfall would occur meant it was up to everyone to conserve water at every opportunity.

“For the majority of SEQ, the BoM is forecasting a 60 per cent chance of above median rainfall for November to January,” Mr Butcher said.

“SEQ’s major storage dam, Wivenhoe Dam, provides more than half our region’s water supply alone and despite the recent rain the preceding dry conditions mean there has been minimal run-off of that rain into the dam.”

Medium-level water restrictions will be enforced by water retailers in SEQ when the water grid drops below 50 per cent.

Medium level water restrictions focus on curbing outdoor use – in gardens and washing cars – while households will be asked to limit water use 140 litres per person per day.

For more information on South East Queensland’s Drought Response Plan, grid capacity and waterwise tips visit:

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