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Council Update on Drought

Current levels and expected run out dates

  • Stanthorpe
    • Storm King Dam current level and volume 26.7% and 552 ML
    • Based on latest data and targeted usage, the storage will continue until December 2019/January 2020
  • Warwick
    • Leslie Dam’s current level and volume 6.39% and 6789 ML
    • Connolly Dam’s current level and volume 36.5% and 788 ML
    • Based on latest data and targeted usage, the storage will continue until December 2020

Water Restrictions

  • Current Target is 120 L/p/day,
  • Council appreciates all that people are doing to meet these limits.Consumption rates are as follows;
    • Warwick around 145 l/p/d
    • Stanthorpe around 180 l/p/d
  • Restrictions will be reviewed again at appropriate time.

Water Levy

  • The water levy has been adopted as a measure of last resort.
  • The water levy would only be activated if there were no funds made available by the State and Federal Government to cover cartage
  • The water levy would only be activated if Council did not have funds available
  • Council is in a strong financial position and is undertaking proactive discussions with the State Government

Dam Surveys

  • In relation to Storm King and Connolly Dams, both have between 100-150ML (estimated) less water available due to siltation – across the whole dam area.This had an immaterial impact on the supply.
  • At Leslie Dam there is no material impact from silt levels.
  • Currently reviewing options, however if Council desilts below water level, the water quality will be impacted

Pressure and Leakage

  • Stanthorpe, Dalveen and Wallangarra have had leak detection completed.All but one of the leaks on public infrastructure has been repaired.
    • Saving about 8ML per month
  • Warwick leak detection has commenced, will take another few weeks, then remainder of water network will be checked
    • Leaks continue to be repaired as Council becomes aware of them

Water Efficiency Management Plans

  • There have been 11 high water users that have worked with Council to reduce their water use.This has reduced consumption by about 23 ML per month.
  • Council will continue to work with businesses in ways to reduce their water consumption

Water Cartage

  • Council has advertised a Request for Quotation for Water Carting, which closes on 25 July 2019.
  • Council has not ordered any water carting from outside the Southern Downs Region, nor has Council engaged any contractors.

Standpipes – June use

     Stanthorpe

  • Total Take:2.39 Megs
  • Water Carters take:2.23 Megs
  • Total Visits:286
  • Private individual visits: 109

All private individuals’ visits were within their allocation of 2000 litres per week.

     Warwick

  • Total Take:2.27 Megs
  • Water Carters take:2.25 Megs
  • Total Visits:178
  • Private individual visits:18

All private individuals’ visits were within their allocation of 2000 litres per week.

Regional Marketing Initiative

  • Council has secured funds from the State Government to develop a water education program with four other local government authorities

Compliance Notices

  • Council has issued a substantial number of compliance notices and two fines.
  • Fines will increase to $399.

Drought Coordinator

  • There has been a focus on dealing with mental health issues, especially in relation to farmers
  • Since January 2019, the Drought Coordinator has submitted over $1,220,000 of funding assistance on behalf of eligible residents in the region.
  • Further support has been provided by Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland

For more information visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au or contact SDRC on 1300 697 372.

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