Survey results to determine accurate dam and silt levels at Storm King and Connolly Dams
4 June 2019
being conducted at Storm King and Connolly Dams will provide Council with more
accurate dam volume levels to help determine whether de-silting works are
The surveys will
also give Council a more accurate measure of the water volume in both dams to
help forecast the region’s available urban water supply.
UAV Pty Ltd is conducting aerial and land based surveys and the results of the
surveys will indicate the amount of silt currently present in each dam.
for Transport, Infrastructure and Utilities Marika McNichol said the surveys
are part of SDRC’s ongoing work to establish short and long-term water security
for the Southern Downs.
works are important because they will provide Council with more accurate dam
volume levels that will assist Council’s plans to continue providing water
supplies for the region,” Cr McNichol said.
results indicate a significant amount of silt at either dam, then Council will
look at de-silting or dredging work in the future to increase storage capacity
and improve the quality of water available.
work can be costly, so Council needs to ensure de-silting is necessary before
undertaking any work.”
of silt and other materials from the region’s dams will require environmental
approvals obtained from relevant State Government departments.
not been approached by local contractors to undertake the works at no cost. Any
contractor engaged by Council to undertake de-silting works will be required to
follow appropriate local government procurement processes.
form part of the continuing works Council is undertaking to secure water
resources and finalise contingency plans in response to prolonged drought
conditions severely impacting the region.
exploring all ways in which to ensure an ongoing and reliable drinking standard
water supply to its residents and businesses, including investigating the
region’s existing bore network and securing water allocations from dams located
outside the Southern Downs.
also continue working with State Government, other local government
authorities, residents and local businesses to reduce water use and conserve
the remaining water supply.
information on the region’s water supply and tips on how residents and
businesses can reduce their water use, contact SDRC on 1300 MYSDRC (1300 697
372) or visit sdrc.qld.gov.au.