Be DAM smart this long weekend

Holiday-makers and day-trippers are being urged to be ‘DAM smart’ on and around South East Queensland dams this long weekend.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Peter Scott said Seqwater will work with the Queensland Police Service to conduct patrols around the region’s major dams to enforce safe and responsible behaviour on and off the water.

Mr Scott said Seqwater’s dam safety campaign is designed to educate people to ‘rethink’ their behaviour and urges people to ‘Be DAM Smart’ when visiting lakes and recreation areas to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe day.

“The majority of visitors are very well behaved and make the most of the facilities; however even a small amount of dangerous and inappropriate behaviour affects everyone,” Mr Scott said.

“We’re asking people to take care, be aware and be considerate of their fellow visitors.”

In particular, Seqwater asks visitors to:

  • always watch children
  • keep to speed limits on and off the water
  • keep a safe distance from paddlers and swimmers when boating or jet skiing
  • don’t drink and drive your car or boat
  • respect other visitors and be mindful of noise and other nuisances
  • follow all instructions given by Seqwater Rangers, staff and Police.

Warren Frances, Officer in Charge Water Police Brisbane, said police would be targeting anti-social behaviour, including drink-driving both on land and water. 

“This is not about stopping people enjoying themselves and having fun, it is about ensuring people act responsibly and consider the safety and comfort of others,” Officer in Charge Frances said.

Seqwater Rangers and Queensland Police will be monitoring:

  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • boaties and jet skiers keeping their distance from swimmers and paddlers – 30 metres for boats and 60 metres for jet skis
  • people speeding in designated six-knot zones
  • people swimming in non-designated areas
  • boat registrations.

Seqwater advises visitors to check the Recreation and Safety notices before visiting lakes and recreation areas to ensure they have the latest information on conditions and closures.

Seqwater recreation areas are open from 6am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Recreation update

Shoreline Trail and Ngumbi campsite at Lake Wyaralong temporarily closed to allow prescribed burns

Seqwater is undertaking prescribed burns at Lake Wyaralong, commencing on Monday, 28 April 2014.

The area of the Shoreline Trail to be closed runs from west of Secret Valley through to Lilybrook, and north to the Ridgeline Trail. The Ngumbi campsite (Mt Joyce Base Camp) will also be closed for the duration of the burn.

The MTB downhill trails and the Goan’s Hill trails remain open and can be accessed via the Lilybrook Recreation Area.

Seqwater expects burns to complete burns on Friday, 2 May and to re-open recreation areas on Saturday, 3 May.  

Obi Obi Walk at Lake Baroon re-opened to the public

The Obi Obi Walk near the dam wall at Lake Baroon has been re-opened to the public.

The walk had been closed for maintenance. Rectification works to the steps on the walk have now been completed.

Lake Borumba open to some water-based recreation activities

Lake Borumba is partially open to water-based recreation activities. Fishing and use of paddle craft are permitted; however, the lake remains closed to primary contact activities such as swimming and water skiing due to the levels of blue-green algae.

For further information please see the Seqwater blue-green algae fact sheet.

Seqwater will continue to monitor water quality and the lake will be re-opened to primary activities when it is appropriate to do so.

Lake Baroon remains temporarily closed to water-based activity

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, Lake Baroon remains temporarily closed to all water-based recreation activities due to the presence of blue-green algae.

For further information please see the Seqwater blue-green algae fact sheet.

Seqwater will continue to perform water quality testing and the lake will be re-opened to water-based recreation activities when test results indicate that it is appropriate to do so. 

SEQ dam levels

The current drinking water supply capacity of the Grid Twelve is 91.7%, no change from last week. The Grid Twelve makes up nearly 90% of South East Queensland’s total water storage volume. See below for further breakdowns:

Dam

Current drinking water volume

Change in volume on last week (%)

Rainfall 
(mm past seven days)*

(ML)

(%)

Wivenhoe

1,077,502 ML

92.5%

No change

0 mm

Somerset

378,167 ML

99.6%

0.8% 

0 mm

North Pine

166,751 ML

77.8%

0.7% 

0 mm

Hinze

294,365 ML

94.7%

0.3% 

1 mm

Baroon Pocket

45,242 ML

74.2%

0.3% ↓

0 mm

Leslie Harrison

19,446 ML

78.2%

0.8% 

0 mm

Ewen Maddock

16,587 ML

100.0%

0.9% 

1 mm

Cooloolabin

7,316 ML

52.9%

0.2% 

0 mm

Lake Kurwongbah

11,494 ML

80.0%

0.8% 

0 mm

Lake Macdonald

8,103 ML

101.1%

3.2% 

2 mm

Little Nerang

6,319 ML

94.3%

5.1% 

1 mm

Wappa

4,699 ML

100.1%

0.7% 

0 mm

 *Rainfall information is sourced from Bureau of Meteorology. Please note that some rainfall measures represent a combined total from a number of dams in a particular area.

The current flood storage capacity:

Dam

Current flood storage volume

Available storage
(%)

Wivenhoe

1,967,000 ML

100%

Somerset

721,000 ML

100%

SEQ water consumption figures

Average daily residential water consumption across South East Queensland for the 14 day period ending 23 April 2014 was 153 litres per person. This is an increase on the daily average for the previous period of 152 litres per person (calculated over 14 days ending 16 April 2014).

Average daily residential water consumption for a similar time last year was 158 litres per person. Across South East Queensland, residents are currently consuming about 5 litres per person per day less water than they did this time last year.

See below for further breakdowns:

Water consumption summary for the 14 day period ending Wednesday 23 April 2014

Zone

SEQ

Central
SEQ

Gold
Coast

Redland

Scenic
Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily production (ML)

733

456

155

36.2

4.4

82

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

153

138

180

194

149

183

Total rainfall (mm)

-

8.8

3.8

-

2.2

123.0

Temperature oC

-

27.8

27.6

-

27.6

27.0

Residential water consumption for similar time last year 
(14 day period ending Wednesday 23 April 2013)

Zone

SEQ

Central
SEQ

Gold
Coast

Redland

Scenic
Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

158

145

185

182

138

172