22 October, 2020 12:00
Man in garden
Residents in Beaudesert, Kooralbyn and Rathdowney are being encouraged to step up their water saving efforts, with Maroon Dam falling below 50 per cent capacity.

It’s the first time the dam has dropped below this level since early February this year.

As part of drought response, Urban Utilities is closely monitoring local water usage and Seqwater is tracking changes in the dam level.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said water usage had noticeably increased over the past month as a result of the ongoing dry conditions and warmer weather.

“This time of year can be challenging after a long period of little to no rainfall with the ever present threat of bushfires,” she said.

“Total water use has gone up since the end of winter, with a 35 per cent increase in average daily residential water use across Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn for the first half of spring.

“It’s going to need a collective effort from everyone in the community to reduce their water use to help preserve local water storages.”

Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn entered drought response when the combined levels of the drinking water dams in South East Queensland (SEQ) fell below 60 per cent last month and Seqwater enacted the region’s drought plan.

These towns are not connected to the SEQ Water Grid and rely on water sourced from Maroon Dam, which is then treated at one of Seqwater’s local water treatment plants.

Ms Cull said medium-level water restrictions have been in place in most towns in the Scenic Rim since last summer.

“The restrictions apply to all properties connected to the town water supply and water sourced from the tanker filling stations in Beaudesert and Rathdowney,” she said.

“With Maroon Dam now under 50 per cent, this is a timely reminder to please adhere to the water restrictions in place.

“The restrictions aim to limit outdoor water use and include an odds and evens watering schedule as well as guidelines for outdoor cleaning, topping up swimming pools and preventing water wastage.

“As well as only watering the garden in the early morning or late afternoon, other ways to save include taking shorter showers and only using the dishwasher and washing machines when they’re full.”

Ms Cull said despite the predictions for a wet summer in South East Queensland, we can’t always count on the rain to fall where we need it.

“That’s why it’s important we all do our bit now, as it could make a big impact down the track”, she said.

“If your property is connected to the town supply, you can use your water meter to track how much water your household is using.

“We’re encouraging everyone ‘how low can you go?’ when it comes to saving water around your home and garden.”

For more information on the current situation and the water restrictions guide, visit urbanutilities.com.au/currentsituation

For tips on how to save water, visit www.urbanutilities.com.au/savewater

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.