Dr Anthony Lynham


Every drop counts as SEQ dam levels fall

Using water wisely

26 November, 2019 –

Two thirds of our state is in drought and over the past few years we have seen below-average inflows into the 40 dams and reservoirs that make up the SEQ water grid.

With our dam levels now at 60 per cent capacity, it’s time for all of us to do our bit to preserve our drinking water supply.

There are simple things we can all do that can make a big difference:

  • Check plumbing and fix any household leaks
  • Shorter shower times
  • Full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Water the garden with a trigger nozzle hose in the early morning or early evening (avoid the heat of the day – you’ll lose a lot of the water to evaporation, and put yourself at risk of heat stroke!)
  • Use a good mulch – this slows moisture loss from your plants and lawn
  • Keep your pool cover on when the pool isn’t being used.

South-east Queenslanders stepped up during the Millennium Drought and played their part.

They reduced consumption from 300 litres of water per person per day to as low as 120 litres of water per person per day just by being waterwise.

We believe south-east Queenslanders are ready to help again.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a hot, dry summer over 2019-20, with below average rainfall.

Thanks to the foresight of previous Labor governments, SEQ is far better placed to manage drought than ever before. But community feedback post-Millennium Drought was that people wanted to be warned early about the potential for drought so that they could respond early.

This is why we are running our water wise awareness campaign now rather than after the wet season.

As part of the response to falling levels, the Gold Coast desalination plant has ramped up to full production, operating up to 24 hours each day and producing up to 133 million litres of water a day.

That’s the equivalent of daily water supply for almost 300,000 households, pumped directly into the grid’s 600 kilometres of pipeline.

Seqwater will continue to monitor the region’s dams and operate the water grid to best manage our water supply.

For more information and tips on how to be water efficient go to www.seqwater.com.au/water-wise