12 November, 2020 14:00
Canungra Creek, sign, bridge
Despite the welcome rainfall in October, flows in Canungra Creek are continuing to drop and are currently sitting at just under three megalitres per day.

With no decent rainfall predicted over the next fortnight, the move to level two drought response, which is triggered when flows in the creek fall below 0.5 megalitres per day, is imminent.

As part of drought response, Seqwater is tracking flows in Canungra Creek daily and Urban Utilities is closely monitoring water usage in town, which has been around 165 litres per person per day in October.

This was an increase from 130 litres per person per day in September.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said they were working with Seqwater and preparing for level two drought response.

“Drought levels can progress in quick succession in Canungra. If the creek stops flowing and Seqwater needs to take their water treatment plant offline, Seqwater will tanker drinking water to Canungra to maintain the town supply,” she said.

“If the treatment plant goes offline, we plan to maintain direct access to the Canungra tanker filling station for local off-network households. Commercial carting operators will be directed to use alternative filling stations, with the closest being in Beaudesert.

“Those who rely on tank water should consider their circumstances now and top up their tanks or plan ahead for a potential increase in delivery times from commercial carters.”

While the Bureau of Meteorology advises that an active La Nina weather cycle is still in effect across Northern Australia, Canungra Creek, which is the raw water supply for Seqwater’s Canungra Water Treatment Plant, requires regular rainfall in order to maintain flow year-round.

“We are providing as much notice to the community as we can, and we understand drought is a challenging time,” said Ms Cull.

“We encourage residents to visit our website for the latest information and to sign up to our email updates.”

Water restrictions are still in place in Canungra and residents are asked to please continue to save water.

“We’re asking residents to please continue to limit their outdoor water use and adhere to the water restrictions as a minimum,” Ms Cull said.

“We sincerely thank everyone for their continued efforts to conserve water.”

For updates on Canungra’s water supply and to sign up for regular email updates, visit www.urbanutilities.com.au/canungra

For water saving tips, visit urbanutilities.com.au/howlow

About Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.5 million residents in South East Queensland. Our 14,384km2 geographic area is made up of the five local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset.