Preparing for a dry winter
Did you see the recent ABC 7.30 report on rainfall and water storage in Australia’s capital cities? Across the country water storage levels in our capital cities’ dams are falling and limited rainfall is exacerbating this trend. In Melbourne dams are sitting at 49.7%, Adelaide’s dams are at 42.3% and Perth at 40.1%. Perth gets almost 50% of it’s water supply from desalination and its aquifers are recharged using purified recycled water. In Sydney water storage levels are at 53.8% and level one water restrictions will commence on Saturday 1 June 2019 for the first time in almost a decade.
In South East Queensland our dam water storage is currently sitting at 69% and we’re preparing for the possibility of drought as we move into our drier winter months. For the past two months we’ve been asking you to be waterwise and consider your water usage in and around the home. Positively we’ve seen the average daily residential water consumption drop from a record summer high of 239L per person to the current consumption of 162L per person. If we can continue to be mindful of our water use as we move through winter this will prolong our water supply storage and delay the need for other measures.
We know, however, that we can’t count on the rain to fall when and where we need it. At Seqwater we’re prepared for this reality and our Water Security Program is our plan to provide South East Queensland with safe and reliable drinking water even in times of drought. Using the Seqwater Grid and having assets such as the Gold Coast Desalination Plant and the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme provide us with alternative drinking water sources when we can’t count on the rain.
Learn more about how we’re planning for our water future here: https://www.seqwater.com.au/waterforlife
Get waterwise advice for in and around your home here: https://www.seqwater.com.au/waterwise