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Water Grid update - 11.00am - 17/1/11
« on: January 17, 2011, 11:36:16 AM »
Hi all

Below is the latest water grid update - current as at 11.00am today (17/1/11).

Cheers
Paul

WATER GRID MEDIA UPDATE

 

17 January 2011, 11.00am

 

CONTROLLED RELEASES FROM WIVENHOE DAM CONTINUE

 

NOTE: All SEQ dams remain safe, stable and operating within their design specifications.

 

Wivenhoe Dam is at 123 per cent capacity and continues to drop steadily. Releases continue at around 299,000 megalitres per day and this flow will be maintained to drain the flood storage compartment.

 

The continuing releases are necessary in order to prepare Wivenhoe for any future weather events should they occur. It is expected that releases from Wivenhoe Dam will cease mid-week.

 

Inflows and water levels continue to be monitored in the Brisbane and Pine catchments.

 

Somerset Dam is at 100 per cent with small discharges through the cone valves into Wivenhoe. 

 

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.

 

Due to a combination of Lockyer Creek, local runoff and Wivenhoe releases, Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing, Burtons Bridge, Kholo Bridge, Colleges Crossing, Fernvale Bridge, and Mt Crosby Weir Bridge may be inundated until the middle the week.

 

Residents are urged to contact local councils for detailed information on road crossing closures and other impacts.

 

All recreations areas around Somerset and Wivenhoe are closed, and given the dam levels and the need for safety around spillways, we will not be able to facilitate any land-based media access to our sites. People are advised not to travel to any recreation sites during the flood crisis, even if the roads are open.

 

Recreation sites may need to remain closed until they can be properly inspected and any public safety issues assessed.

 

North Pine Dam is at 99 per cent and all five gates remain closed.

 

Water has spilled from Wyaralong Dam after it exceeded 100 per cent capacity earlier last week.

 

A minor release of around 6,800 megalitres a day is being made through the emergency gates at Hinze Dam. This release may reduce slowly over the next few days but will continue until mid-week. There is no public access to the spillway.

 

For detailed information on river levels, road and crossing closures and other potential impacts, always contact your local council.

 
WATER QUALITY

 

Water across Brisbane and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts remains safe to drink. While some people may see minor discolouration of their tap water, they should not be concerned. Water Grid suppliers are continually monitoring water quality across the network as well working closely with Queensland Health.

 

While Queensland Urban Utilities have a precautionary Boiled 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 www.urbanutilities.com.au for more details.

 

 

ENDS

 

 

 

Owing to technical issues caused by the flood, a temporary email contact is in use. Please email to watergridmedia@linkwater.com.au

 

 

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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