Final weeks of #safey, extended hours at our recreation areas

The #safey competition is coming to a close with the final chance to win some great prizes.

The competition closes at midnight on 10 April 2016 and it is easy to enter through www.safey.com.au. Prizes are a GoPro Hero4 Session Camera or a $1,000 BCF gift card.

The school holidays are a great time to enjoy the extended opening hours which are currently being trialled at the region’s dams, lakes and parks.

During Seqwater’s Recreation Review, community members provided feedback that opening hours should more closely correspond to daylight hours.

Extended opening hours are being trialled between September and April, and these hours will slightly reduce between May and August. The new hours apply to all Seqwater lakes and parks where recreation is permitted, in line with the current activities at each lake.

Feedback on these opening hours is welcome by email recreation@seqwater.com.au or phone 1800 737 928.

The opening hours for the trial period are:

September - April        5.30am – 6.30pm
May - August               6.30am – 5.30pm

 

Recreation update 

 

 

Lake Borumba reopens to boating, fishing and paddling, closed to skiing
Lake Borumba is open to boating, fishing and paddling. The lake remains closed to skiing due to blue-green algae.
 
Water quality tests continue to be fast-tracked in an effort to reopen the lake as soon as possible.
 
Visitors are asked to observe signage at Lake Borumba and follow the direction of Seqwater staff.

Lake Baroon reopened to swimming
Seqwater is pleased to advise that from Friday 18 March 2016, Lake Baroon will reopen to swimming.

Our website and social media will be updated, and on-site closure signage will be removed.

We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of all stakeholders during the recent temporary closure of the lake.

Neranwood Horse Trails, Hinze Dam closed for repair
The Neranwood Horse Trails at Hinze Dam are temporarily closed while we undertake maintenance and rectification works.
 
Visitors are not permitted to access the trails during works, which will be completed as soon as possible.
 
Speed limit at Lake Atkinson
Lake Atkinson is open to all water-based recreation, but has a 6 knot speed limit in place for boating.
 
Visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution when boating due to the potential for previously submerged hazards to be above the water line at the reduced water level.
 
Boat users should remain vigilant at all times as conditions in the lake may have changed.
 
Visitors are requested to observe the direction of staff and signage at the site.
 
Restrictions at Westvale Road boat ramp  
Trailerable vessels can not be launched from the northern access point (off Westvale Road) at Somerset Dam.
 
The ramp is still accessible for paddle craft and fishing, but launching vessels is not be permitted due to the reduced water levels that are being implemented for the Somerset Dam Improvement Project.
 
Please also be aware that reduced water levels may reveal previously submerged hazards and conditions may have changed since your last visit.
 
Please obey signage installed at the site and follow the directions of staff.
 
Lake Dyer closed to water-based recreation
Lake Dyer is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to the detection of blue-green algae.
 
Seqwater is closely monitoring algae levels and will re-open the lake when water quality results indicate it is appropriate to do so.
 
Please observe all signage and directions of Seqwater staff on-site.
 
Lake Clarendon closed to water-based recreation
Lake Clarendon is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to poor water quality.
 
Seqwater is performing regular water quality testing and will re-open Lake Clarendon to water-based activities as soon as possible.
 
Visitors are requested to observe the direction of staff and signage at the site.

Northern boat ramp at Lake Baroon closed
The boat ramp at the Northern Recreation Area at Lake Baroon is closed to boats and trailers until further notice.

For your safety, please use the boat ramp at the Southern Recreation Area.

We are working on fixing the problem and the ramp will be opened as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

People with paddle craft are still permitted to use the ramp. 

 

Works in your area

 

Wellers Hill Reservoir 2 refurbishment 

Seqwater has started refurbishing one of the Wellers Hill Reservoirs located off Marshall Road in Tarragindi.

The reservoirs are an important part of the South East Queensland Water Grid, supplying bulk water to parts of Brisbane’s south and the Redland City Council area.

 

SEQ dam levels

 

The current drinking water supply capacity of the Grid Twelve is 84.6%, 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

1,016,286

87.2%

0.5% 

18.1

Somerset

299,259

78.8%

unchanged

14.6

North Pine**

148,866

69.5%

1.4% ↓ ***

17.5

Hinze**

294,494

94.8%

unchanged

22

Baroon Pocket

39,179

64.2%

0.9% 

10.2

Leslie Harrison**

10,183

77.1%

0.7% 

31

Ewen Maddock

16,409

98.9%

0.7% 

9.5

Cooloolabin**

6,563

80.2%

0.2% 

9.4

Lake Kurwongbah**

8,331

97.0%

1.3% 

5.4

Lake Macdonald

8,120

101.3%

2.6% 

7

Little Nerang

6,586

98.2%

2.6% 

22

Wappa

4,699

100.1%

1.6% 

9.4

* 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.

*** North Pine Dam FSL level has been updated to reflect the Design Full Supply Level, and no longer the Temporary FSL. This has resulted in a % drop in the displayed volume for NPD and Grid 12, however the actual level in NPD dam has only reduced -0.2% and Grid-12 -0.5%.

 

SEQ water consumption figures

Average daily residential water consumption across South East Queensland for the 14 day period ending 30 March 2016 was 162 litres per person. This is an increase on the average for the previous period of 161 litres per person (calculated over 14 days ending 23 February 2016).

Average daily residential water consumption for a similar time last year was 163 litres per person. Across South East Queensland, residents are currently consuming about 1 litre 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, 30 March 2016

Zone

SEQ

Central SEQ

Gold Coast

Redland

Scenic Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily production (ML)

785

497

165

37

4

80

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

162

151

192

187

100

171

Total rainfall (mm)

 

14.4

6.2

-

51.6

109

Temperature oC

 

29.9

28.9

28.9

29.8

28.8

 

Residential water consumption for similar time last year (14 day period ending Wednesday 1 April 2015)

Zone

SEQ

Central SEQ

Gold Coast

Redland

Scenic Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

163

152

181

194

110

183