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Water usage drops across Canungra while dry conditions continue

The Canungra community has been praised for its response to water restrictions after more than halving its water use despite the hot and dry conditions.The restrictions were recently implemented in late-November after Seqwater’s Canungra Water Treatment Plant needed to be taken offline due to a sudden decline in water levels in the local creek.

Canungra is one of 16 communities in the South East that is not connected to the SEQ Water Grid and relies on water from Canungra Creek for its drinking water supply.

All drinking water is currently being tankered by Seqwater to maintain supply to the town and Urban Utilities has also set up a temporary filling point for customers not connected to the water network.

Water tankers are delivering water directly to the Canungra Water Treatment Plant’s reservoirs to supplement supply.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said the Canungra community had responded incredibly well since the start of water restrictions by reducing its water use by half, particularly considering the continued hot and dry weather.

“We appreciate the efforts of people in the community who are limiting water use where they can during this dry period and encourage them to continue the great work,” Ms Cull said.

“Prior to the restrictions, water use in Canungra had peaked at around 270 litres per person per day in November and it’s now sitting at around 130 litres per person per day.

“This has been a great help in maintaining water supply to the area while Seqwater’s plant remains closed until significant rainfall occurs.”

Since the restrictions were implemented, Seqwater has carted more than 4900 kilolitres (4,900,000 litres) of water.

Seqwater spokesperson Mike Foster said in order to minimise the impacts of carting water through town, water tankers were now delivering water directly to the Canungra Water Treatment Plant’s reservoirs, instead of Canungra’s Appel Street reservoir.

“Water is currently being carted from the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant throughout the day, in tankers carrying between 10 to 28 kilolitres of water,” Mr Foster said.

While the water treatment plant is offline, Urban Utilities’ tanker filling station in Canungra will remain closed until further notice. Customers who are not connected to the water network can fill up at the closest filling station in Helen Street, Beaudesert.

A temporary filling point in Coburg Street, Canungra will also remain open for residential customers for the immediate future.  

The complete list of water restrictions is available at www.urbanutilities.com.au/Canungra

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