Tuesday, 31 March 2020
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More rain needed to lift restrictions

Heavy storm clouds circled the region on Wednesday night however the rain and looming threat of hail only eventuated in scattered falls.

And the rainfall totals this week will figure in whether or not Seqwater and Urban Utilities will lift the high level water restrictions placed on most of the towns in the Scenic Rim. 

Boonah, Kalbar, Aratula and Mt Alford town water supplies are sourced from Moogerah Dam which is currently at 38.6 percent capacity. This is almost a 10 percent increase since the water restrictions came into force on January 5.

Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn town water supplies are sourced from Maroon Dam, which is currently at 61.1 percent. Canungra Creek is tapped into to supply the town of Canungra. The creek started flowing again in January.

In response to a question from the Fassifern Guardian, Urban Utilities has advised that the high level water restrictions will remain in place. However, the spokeswoman for the water retailer did not reveal the levels which Moogerah and Maroon dams would have to reach to trigger the lifting of restrictions.

“With more rain forecast later this week, we are working closely with Seqwater to monitor levels in Moogerah Dam, Maroon Dam and Canungra Creek,” she said.

“High levels water restrictions will remain in place while we assess the effect of the rain on long-term water security for off-grid communities in the Scenic Rim.”

Those restrictions are not in force in Peak Crossing, Warrill View and Harrisville as the water supply in those towns is sourced from the SEQ Water Grid via the Ipswich City scheme.

• While most town water supplies in the Scenic Rim are ‘off-grid’, all users of urban supplies have been helping to pay for the $6.8 billion SEQ Water Grid since it came on line in 2008.