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Water Grid update - 19/1/11 New
« on: January 19, 2011, 11:35:51 AM »
Hi folks

Here is today's water grid update as at 10.00am (Wednesday 19/1/11)

Big W now below 100%




19 January 2011, 10.00am




Wivenhoe Dam is at 99.3 per cent with the gate closing sequence expected to be complete by late afternoon today.


Inflows and water levels continue to be monitored in the Brisbane and Pine catchments, with more than 20mm of rain received in the Wivenhoe Dam catchment over the last 24 hours.


Small excesses will continue to be released through the cone valve at the base of the Wivenhoe Dam wall once all gates are closed.


Somerset Dam is at 100 per cent capacity with all sluice gates currently closed. Depending on inflows into the catchment, further releases into Wivenhoe Dam may be made over the next 24 hours.


All dam releases are being made in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and local councils and every effort is being made to limit downstream impacts where possible.


Residents should contact local councils for detailed information on road crossing closures and other impacts.


Recreation areas around Somerset and Wivenhoe dams remain closed until further notice due to safety.


Further releases from North Pine Dam were made overnight, to cater for the inflows from yesterday’s storms. All gates at North Pine Dam were closed at 5.00am this morning.


There have been no further releases from Hinze Dam or Leslie Harrison Dam.




Water across Brisbane and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts remains safe to drink. Water Grid suppliers are continually monitoring water quality across the network and are working closely with Queensland Health.


While Queensland Urban Utilities have a precautionary Boil Water Alert currently in place for Marburg, water in the Ipswich area is also safe to drink.


Boil water alerts are in place for locations in the Lockyer Valley and Somerset council areas and residents and businesses are urged to visit the Queensland Urban Utilities website for more details.





Please note a single dam update will now be issued mid-morning each day.

Community Assistance


Please direct the community to contact telephone - 1800 613 122. This number has been established for members of the public seeking information on which dams are spilling in South East Queensland.

Members of the public seeking information on potential impacts in their local areas should direct inquiries to their local councils.


About the SEQ Water Grid


Established in June 2008, the SEQ Water Grid represents one of Australia’s largest investments in water infrastructure and is a world class asset in water management in both times of drought and deluge.


Through a network of climate resilient water sources, treatment facilities, new two-way pipes and existing pipelines, the SEQ Water Grid gives the South East Queensland region the ability to support water demands, water quality, economic prosperity and lifestyle - regardless of climate change and population growth. 


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