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 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 Canungra
Urban Utilities and Seqwater activated level one drought response in Canungra in early June, when the creek dropped below seven megalitres per day. We will continue to work closely with Seqwater so we can keep the community updated, as levels in the creek can change quickly.
Seqwater’s Canungra Water Treatment Plant is continuing to supply the town with treated water from Canungra Creek. If Canungra Creek stops flowing and Seqwater need to take their water treatment plant offline, Seqwater will tanker drinking water to Canungra to maintain the town supply.
Canungra’s tanker filling station will remain open as long as possible, however it could be closed if Canungra Creek stops flowing. Please consider your alternative plans now, including driving to the nearest filling station in Beaudesert.
Current conditions in Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn
Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn rely on Maroon Dam for their water supply and we are working closely with Seqwater to monitor changes in the dam level.
The activation of the SEQ Drought Response Plan for South East Queensland means Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Kooralbyn have also entered drought response.
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