There are currently no water restrictions in Somerset, however if we all do a little bit now, it could make a big difference down the track.
Bulk water supplier, Seqwater has now enacted the Drought Response Plan for South East Queensland (SEQ).
Somerset isn’t connected to the SEQ Water Grid and relies on its own water storages and water treatment plants.
Seqwater operates six water treatment plants in Somerset which supply different parts of the region and are located at Lowood, Kilcoy, Somerset Dam township, Esk, Jimna and Linville.
Jimna entered level one drought response in May 2020, when Seqwater advised flows in Yabba Creek had dropped and water stopped flowing over the weir and into the ‘Big Hole’. Thanks to the recent rainfall water is flowing again, and while it has boosted Jimna's water supply it has also impacted operations at Seqwater's Jimna Water Treatment Plant. Seqwater is maintaining the town water supply using tankers until the treatment plant can be returned to normal operations.
Under the region’s Drought Response Plan, water restrictions are not required across South East Queensland until the combined Water Grid dam levels fall below 50 per cent.
We thank the Somerset 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.
Simple ways to save water inside include:
- taking shorter showers,
- turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, and
- only doing full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.
Outside the house:
- avoid watering between 8am and 4pm,
- mulch your garden to retain moisture, and
- water less often but for a little longer to encourage deeper root growth.
Summary of the water sources for water supply schemes in Somerset:
|Bulk Water Source
||The Big Hole, via Yabba Creek
|Brisbane River at Linville
|Lowood (supplies Lowood, Fernvale, Glenore Grove, Gatton, Helidon, Withcott, Grantham, Forest Hill and Laidley)