19 December, 2019 10:37
Scenic Rim media release

Water restrictions will soon be introduced to more towns in the Scenic Rim, with prolonged dry weather continuing to impact local water sources.

Urban Utilities has advised water restrictions will be introduced in Beaudesert, Boonah, Kalbar, Mt Alford, Aratula, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn from 12.01am on Sunday, January 5.

As the hot dry weather continues and water usage remains high in the region, water restrictions are being introduced early to help preserve water storages over summer.

Water restrictions were implemented in Canungra on Saturday, November 30.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said under the water restrictions residents were being encouraged to reduce their water usage to 140 litres per person per day.

“We’re urging everyone to save water in any way they can. If we all do our bit to save a little now, it could make a big difference down the track,” she said.

“We’re asking people to adhere to the water restrictions as a minimum and we appreciate the efforts of people in the community who are already doing more than this.”

Beaudesert, Boonah, Kalbar, Mt Alford, Aratula, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn and Canungra are not connected to the SEQ Water Grid and rely on local water sources.

South East Queensland’s bulk water supplier, Seqwater is continuing to tanker drinking water to Canungra, where the water treatment plant remains offline until significant rainfall occurs.

The water restrictions, which have been developed in conjunction with Seqwater, will apply to residential and non-residential properties.

“The restrictions are designed to limit outdoor water use and include a total ban on sprinklers, and an odds and evens schedule for watering and outdoor cleaning,” Ms Cull said.

“People can also save water inside by taking shorter showers, turning the tap off while brushing their teeth, and only doing full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.

“We also recommend residents check for concealed underground leaks on their property, by turning off all taps for an hour and checking the water meter. If the meter registers water consumption, then there might be a concealed leak.”

As Peak Crossing, Warrill View and Harrisville are connected to the SEQ Water Grid, they won’t face restrictions until the combined level of the Grid dams reaches 50 per cent, however these communities are also encouraged to be water wise.

Urban Utilities will be communicating the water restrictions via local media, social media, and letters to residents and businesses.

Information about the restrictions and water saving tips are also available on our website www.urbanutilities.com.au/restrictions

Water restrictions also apply to the water being drawn from Urban Utilities’ tanker filling stations in these areas.

As the drought continues, the need to restrict or close tanker filling stations will be assessed according to the water supply disruption and drought response plans for each off-grid supply scheme.

The Canungra tanker filling station remains closed until further notice, with the closest filling station located at Helen Street, Beaudesert.

The temporary filling point in Coburg Street, Canungra will also remain in place for the immediate future to assist residential customers not connected to the town supply. It is open from 8am to 6pm every day, however there will be reduced hours of 8am to 12 noon on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Below is a summary of the water sources for each water supply scheme, which is not connected to the SEQ Water Grid, in the Scenic Rim.

Supply scheme
 Water Source
Dam level*
Beaudesert
 Logan River, via Maroon Dam
 52.9%
Rathdowney  Logan River, via Maroon Dam
 52.9%
Kooralbyn
 Logan River, via Maroon Dam
 52.9%
Kalbar, Boonah, Aratula and Mt Alford
 Reynolds Creek, via Moogerah Dam
 33.5%
Canungra
 Canungra Creek
 Creek stopped flowing on November 23, Seqwater tankering water to maintain supply.
*As at December 18, 2019. For the latest dam levels, visit www.seqwater.com.au/dam-levels

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.4 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $2.76 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,384 square kilometres and we employ around 1,100 people.