So, what is the plan for our drought response?
Our drought response approach is adaptive to allow actions and triggers to adjust to demand, climate, severity of drought and other external factors. The Drought Response Plan for the South East is triggered when the SEQ Water Grid dam levels fall below 60 per cent.
We all need to do our bit now by continuing to save water at home and work, and water restrictions will be introduced as our dam levels continue to drop. Under South East Queensland’s water security plan, water restrictions are introduced when the SEQ Water Grid levels fall to 50 per cent. The plan is flexible and takes into account seasonal conditions at the time.
What exactly is the SEQ Water Grid?
The SEQ Water Grid is a bulk water supply network of dams, water treatment plants, water supply pipelines and more which allows Seqwater to move treated drinking water around South East Queensland. Right now, Seqwater is taking the pressure off Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams by moving treated drinking water from coastal dams to the central regions via the SEQ Water Grid. The SEQ Water Grid can supplement but not completely replace local water supplies.
Are there communities not connected to the SEQ Water Grid?
Yes, we call these off-grid communities. Seqwater supplies drinking water to 53,000 people living in 16 off-grid communities across the South East. The water for these communities is sourced and treated locally, then distributed to households and businesses.
What is the Water Security Program?
As the bulk water supplier, Seqwater publishes the Water Security Program which outlines the plan for providing the region's drinking water over the next 30 years, including during times of drought and flood. Urban Utilities and other water service providers work closely with Seqwater to ensure we have enough drinking water for the future.
How does Urban Utilities work with Seqwater?
Seqwater is the region’s bulk water supply authority. Seqwater sources, stores, treats and supplies bulk drinking water using the SEQ Water Grid. Here at Urban Utilities we are your local water service provider for the regions of Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley and we manage the supply of this treated drinking water to your home and tap. We work together with Seqwater and other water service providers across SEQ to ensure water security for the future.
What is a drinking water supply drought?
Right now, we’re in a drinking water supply drought. The combined level of the drinking water dams in South East Queensland is currently below 60 per cent, which triggered the activations of the region’s Drought Response Plan.
While the grass may look green in the city, we’re not getting the rain where we need it - over our largest and most important dam catchment, Lake Wivenhoe.
We all need to do our bit now by continuing to save water at home and work, and water restrictions will be introduced as our dam levels continue to drop.