As the region heads into another summer South East Queenslanders continue to use water wisely.
The region’s bulk water authority, Seqwater, has released the annual Water Outlook for South East Queensland, on behalf of the region’s water suppliers including Queensland Urban Utilities and Unitywater as well as council-owned water businesses at Redland, Logan and the Gold Coast.
The Outlook summarises key information about dam water supply levels, water consumption and the weather forecast for the summer months.
Seqwater communication manager Mike Foster said the average daily water consumption across South East Queensland was currently less than 190 litres per person per day.
“When compared to last year’s figures, water consumption has increased by 13 litres per person per day and this certainly reflects a warmer than average spring and hot start to summer,” Mr Foster said.
“However our usage remains significantly lower than the pre-Millennium drought average water consumption rate of 300 litres per person per day.
Mr Foster said that as a result of dam levels and ongoing water conservation, no water restrictions were required this summer.
“As we head into summer our water supply security remains medium-high with combined dam levels above 75% – however conditions can change quickly and we need to be ready to adjust our water use and management when required,’’ he said.
Mr Foster said while the Bureau of Meteorology was forecasting a dry December to February, significant rainfall was always possible during the wet season.
“Seqwater has worked with the region’s water suppliers to ensure the supply network is well prepared to manage extreme weather events or other changing circumstances. Seqwater will continue to closely monitor dam levels, rainfall and the potential consequences of inflows into the dams,’’ he said.
To view the Water Outlook, visit http://www.seqwater.com.au/about/publications
To subscribe to Seqwater’s free dam release notification service visit www.seqwater.com.au or download the new Seqwater app.
Listen to Seqwater Manager of External Relations Mike Foster speak about the South East Queensland Summer Water Outlook: