What role do Urban Utilities and Seqwater play supplying water to Canungra?
Our water supply partner, Seqwater is responsible for water supply and security in South East Queensland and they operate the Water Treatment Plant in Canungra.
Urban Utilities is responsible for delivering that treated water to around 450 homes and businesses in Canungra and treating all their wastewater.
What is the drought response plan for Canungra?
The drought response plan for Canungra is activated when flows in Canungra Creek fall below 7 megalitres per day.
As drought progresses, drought response plans give clear instructions on how to operate the water treatment plants, manage demand, communicate with customers and plans to provide alternative water supplies if needed.
Under the plan, Seqwater will tanker water to meet demand if it has to take its water treatment plant offline due to low flows in Canungra Creek.
When was the last time drinking water was tankered into Canungra due to drought?
The last time Seqwater tankered water to Canungra due to drought was in November 2019 for approximately nine weeks, and prior to that it was in 2002.
Tankering is a reliable method to maintain water supply and it’s more economical for Seqwater to tanker water to Canungra when needed.
What is the plan for long-term water security in Canungra?
Seqwater is currently reviewing its long-term water security assessment for Canungra. The assessment considers population growth, climate change, additional drinking water demand and future supply options. This work is due to be completed in 2022.
Seqwater is committed to exploring all long-term water security options for Canungra together with Urban Utilities, Council and the community.
Seqwater and Urban Utilities will continue to work together to make sure current and future drinking water demands for Canungra are met, including during drought.