North Pine Dam operational releases underway Seqwater has advised it may need to consider making gate releases from North Pine Dam if forecast rain occurs over the weekend.
Operational releases via cone valves are currently underway to help maintain the storage below full supply.
North Pine Dam, also known as Lake Samsonvale, is one of three gated storages in South East Queensland, which includes Wivenhoe and Somerset Dam.
North Pine Dam is at its highest level since May 2015. The dam reached its Temporary Full Supply Level of 90 per cent on Thursday night.
If gated releases are required, this will result in the need to close Young’s Crossing Road below the dam prior to and for the duration of releases.
Seqwater works closely with the Moreton Bay Regional Council which coordinates road closures.
Cone Valve Release at North Pine Dam
Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Dan Spiller said the bulk water authority was monitoring weather forecasts, dam levels and rainfall.
“Seqwater is currently making operational releases at North Pine Dam, via the cone valves, which are not expected to cause significant rises to water levels downstream of the dam,” Mr Spiller said.
“These releases are necessary to mitigate the need for gated releases to occur.
“If gated releases are eventually required, we will endeavor to make those releases at night, to minimise any impacts downstream, particularly at Young’s Crossing.”
No gate releases are planned for Wivenhoe and Somerset dam as a result of rainfall this week.
Seqwater has made a number of operational releases from Somerset into Wivenhoe this summer to help balance the storages.
To register for Seqwater’s free dam release notification service please visit www.seqwater.com.au or download the Seqwater App.