Medium-level water restrictions apply to Beaudesert, Boonah, Kalbar, Mt Alford, Aratula, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn and Canungra.
These towns are not connected* to the SEQ Water Grid and rely on their own local water storages.
In September 2020, bulk water supplier, Seqwater enacted the Drought Response Plan for South East Queensland (SEQ), with the combined level of the Water Grid dams close to 60 per cent.
We thank the Scenic Rim community for your water saving efforts to date and encourage you to keep up the great work. It is important people keep up their handwashing and hygiene behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are many other ways to reduce your water use.
*As Peak Crossing, Warrill View and Harrisville are connected to the SEQ Water Grid, water restrictions won't apply in these communities until the combined level of the Grid dams fall below 50 per cent.
Current conditions in Canungra - level three drought response
With no recent rainfall in the catchment, flows in Canungra Creek have nearly stopped, moving Canungra into level three drought response on Thursday, 26 November.
Canungra is not connected to the SEQ Water Grid and relies on water from Canungra Creek which has continued to drop over the past few weeks.
With almost no flows in the creek, it’s expected the Seqwater Canungra Water Treatment Plant will be taken offline in the coming days. Seqwater will continue to monitor the situation and is ready to start tankering as soon as it is required.
Tankering to the community is part of the drought response plan for Canungra to maintain drinking water in times of drought.
Seqwater is also tracking flows in Canungra Creek daily and we are closely monitoring water usage in town.
Water restrictions remain in place in Canungra and residents are asked to please continue to save water, and adhere to the water restrictions as a minimum.
The Canungra tanker filling station will remain open for local off-network households for direct use through the 25mm outlet, however the 75mm outlet will be closed from 3pm, Friday 27 November.
We will be directing commercial carting operators to use alternative filling stations, with the closest being at 109 Helen St, Beaudesert.
We apologise for the impact this may have on some local residents and families.
Current conditions in Boonah, Kalbar, Mt Alford and Aratula
Boonah, Kalbar, Aratula and Mt Alford entered level two drought response at the end of August, when levels in Moogerah Dam dropped below 25 per cent. As part of drought response, we are closely monitoring local water usage and Seqwater is tracking changes in the dam level.
Seqwater is preparing to start tankering drinking water to supplement the town supply if dam levels drop.
Seqwater will begin tankering water to its Kalbar Water Treatment Plant if Moogerah Dam reaches 15 per cent capacity and we move to drought response level three.
There are no changes to the tanker filling station under drought response level two. At level three drought response, the tanker filling station in Boonah will be accessible for domestic use only and commercial water carters will be asked to use alternative locations.
Current conditions in Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn
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 2020.
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 in September 2020 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.
With Maroon Dam now under 50 per cent, this is a timely reminder to please adhere to the water restrictions in place.
Summary of the water sources for water supply schemes in the Scenic Rim:
|Bulk Water Source
||Logan River, via Maroon Dam
|Logan River, via Maroon Dam
|Logan River, via Maroon Dam
|Kalbar, Boonah, Aratula and Mt Alford
|Reynolds Creek, via Moogerah Dam