Seqwater launches inaugural community grants program

Seqwater is calling for community partners to help improve South East Queenslanders’ knowledge and understanding of catchment health and the water cycle through its first ever community grants program, Water for life.

The bulk water authority is inviting community groups and organisations to partner on local water projects that focus on education and community involvement.

Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said applications were now open for grants of up to $10,000 for existing projects or new ideas within the South East Queensland region.

“Our new community grants program supports our commitment to water for life. For us, water for life is about more than delivering a safe, secure and reliable water supply today, but about creating partnerships to ensure sustainable water for generations to come.

“The program is an exciting way for us to partner with our catchment community organisations and groups, who with can provide a wealth of knowledge about their local area and waterways.

Mr Dennis said applications were open until 20 May 2016, with projects to be delivered between 1 June 2016 and 30 June 2017.

“We’re looking for community partners with existing or new projects that are focused on community involvement in improving catchment health and the quality of source water or building community understanding of the water cycle and water-related issues,” he said.

“We also welcome projects or ideas that educate and engage children and young people about the water cycle, and caring for our catchments and source water.”

Eligibility criteria and a grant application form are available through www.yourseqwater.com.au, by emailing communications@seqwater.com.au or phoning 1800 771 497.

Mr Dennis said grants will be determined by a selection panel from across Seqwater so that applications can be assessed from all perspectives - community, environment, water supply and safety.

“This is a great opportunity for our people to be involved at a local level with community groups and projects that ultimately benefit our waterways and future water supply.”

For more information about the Water for life community grants program, visit www.yourseqwater.com.au.

 

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SEQ dam levels

The current drinking water supply capacity of the Grid Twelve is 84.1%, down 0.5% 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 past 7 days

Catchment rainfall past 7 days

(ML)

(%)

(%)

(mm)*

Wivenhoe

1,010,617

86.7%

0.5% $

0

Somerset

297,873

78.4%

0.4% $

2.8

North Pine**

147,522

68.8%

0.7% $

0.6

Hinze**

293,632

94.5%

0.3 % $

0.1

Baroon Pocket

38,754

63.5%

0.7% $

7.3

Leslie Harrison**

10,088

76.4%

0.7% $

0.4

Ewen Maddock

16,301

98.3%

0.6% $

8.7

Cooloolabin**

6,495

79.4%

0.8% $

13.2

Lake Kurwongbah**

8,269

96.3%

0.7% $

2.1

Lake Macdonald

8,043

100.3%

1.0% $

12.2

Little Nerang

6,299

94%

4.2% $

0.1

Wappa

4,699

100.1%

unchanged

13.2

* Catchment rainfall is the average of rainfalls recorded in and around the dam catchment.

** The capacity of North Pine, Hinze, Cooloolabin, Sideling Creek and Leslie Harrison have been temporarily decreased.

SEQ water consumption figures

Average daily residential water consumption across South East Queensland for the 14 day period ending 6 April 2016 was 167 litres per person. This is a decrease on the average for the previous period of 162 litres per person (calculated over 14 days ending 30 March 2016).

Average daily residential water consumption for a similar time last year was 154 litres per person. Across South East Queensland, residents are currently consuming about 13 litres more water per person per day as they did this time last year.

See below for further breakdowns:

Water consumption summary for the 14 day period ending Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Zone

SEQ

Central SEQ

Gold Coast

Redland

Scenic Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily production (ML)

805

505

171

37

4

88

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

167

154

199

188

100

186

Total rainfall (mm)

 

33.2

0.6

-

15.0

33.4

Temperature oC

 

29.9

28.9

29.2

29.9

28.9

 

Residential water consumption for similar time last year (14 day period ending Wednesday 8 April 2015)

Zone

SEQ

Central SEQ

Gold Coast

Redland

Scenic Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

154

142

177

186

104

177