The realities of rain

Could you imagine South East Queensland without water? It’s a future no one wants to see. Our climate is changing and our population is growing. So how do we make sure we have the water we need, and don’t run out?

The dams we use for drinking water have served us well, but they count on rain falling where and when we need it.

So, if we can’t always count on the rain, what do we do?

The conversation starts here. Take a look around, get involved and let us know what you'd like your water future to look like.

Could you imagine South East Queensland without water? It’s a future no one wants to see. Our climate is changing and our population is growing. So how do we make sure we have the water we need, and don’t run out?

The dams we use for drinking water have served us well, but they count on rain falling where and when we need it.

So, if we can’t always count on the rain, what do we do?

The conversation starts here. Take a look around, get involved and let us know what you'd like your water future to look like.

  • The Reality of Your Water Future

    about 2 months ago
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    What is the Realities of Rain?

    The reality is we can’t count on the rain to fall when we need it and where we need it, so we’re planning for our water future.

    Explore the Realities of Rain hub for everything you need to know so you can be a part of planning – our interesting fact sheets, videos and infographics will explain all you need to know about the realities of:

    Our water sources – such as dams, desalination, decentralised schemes and purified recycled water

    Our environment - such as drought, climate change and floods.

    Our contribution – such...

    What is the Realities of Rain?

    The reality is we can’t count on the rain to fall when we need it and where we need it, so we’re planning for our water future.

    Explore the Realities of Rain hub for everything you need to know so you can be a part of planning – our interesting fact sheets, videos and infographics will explain all you need to know about the realities of:

    Our water sources – such as dams, desalination, decentralised schemes and purified recycled water

    Our environment - such as drought, climate change and floods.

    Our contribution – such as the Water Grid, how we plan for the future and how we can all save water.

    We’ll be continuing the conversation about the reality of rain and our water future around South East Queensland for the rest of the year and into 2019.

    Interested in hearing more? Book a Realities of Rain presentation here.

  • Sunshine Coast Community Forum

    26 days ago
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    Join us for the Sunshine Coast Community Forum to discuss the realities of rain. The free, open forum will be held on Saturday 24 November at the Events Centre, Caloundra from 9.30am – 11am.

    For the past three months, we’ve been talking about the Realities of Rain with Sunshine Coast residents. The reality is we can’t count on the rain to fall when and where we need it and this forum is designed to capture the views of your local community to help us understand how you see your water future.

    When: Saturday, 24 November 2018

    Time: 9.30am – 11am

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    Join us for the Sunshine Coast Community Forum to discuss the realities of rain. The free, open forum will be held on Saturday 24 November at the Events Centre, Caloundra from 9.30am – 11am.

    For the past three months, we’ve been talking about the Realities of Rain with Sunshine Coast residents. The reality is we can’t count on the rain to fall when and where we need it and this forum is designed to capture the views of your local community to help us understand how you see your water future.

    When: Saturday, 24 November 2018

    Time: 9.30am – 11am

    Where: The Events Centre – Caloundra, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra QLD 4551

    Suitability: Ages 18+

    RSVPs are essential. To register, click here: https://bit.ly/2SdJU6i

    Free parking is available on site and morning tea will be served. We look forward to welcoming you to our session.


  • The Reality of Purified Recycled Water

    2 months ago
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    When rain doesn’t fall when and where we need it, we must look to other sources for our drinking water.

    The Queensland Government built three advanced water treatments plants to produce recycled water in 2008 during the Millennium Drought – one of the worst droughts in 100 years.

    The plants are not currently producing water for drinking but will be restarted under our Drought Response Plan. We will begin bringing the plants back online when the combined levels of our drinking water dams reach 60% capacity.

    So what is purified recycled water and how...

    When rain doesn’t fall when and where we need it, we must look to other sources for our drinking water.

    The Queensland Government built three advanced water treatments plants to produce recycled water in 2008 during the Millennium Drought – one of the worst droughts in 100 years.

    The plants are not currently producing water for drinking but will be restarted under our Drought Response Plan. We will begin bringing the plants back online when the combined levels of our drinking water dams reach 60% capacity.

    So what is purified recycled water and how do we produce it? Check out our fact sheet and videos to find out more!
  • The Reality of Decentralised Schemes

    2 months ago
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    The name may sound different – but we’ve all heard of decentralised schemes. You would know them as rainwater tanks, re-using stormwater and recycling water for non-drinking uses such as irrigation.

    These schemes provide fit-for-purpose water for localised uses – but not for drinking. These schemes can reduce demand on the bulk water supply system, by providing water for things such as watering sports fields, flushing toilets and industrial use, that normally drinking water would be used for.

    But the costs and benefits of proposed decentralised schemes need to be carefully weighed up. Some schemes ended...

    The name may sound different – but we’ve all heard of decentralised schemes. You would know them as rainwater tanks, re-using stormwater and recycling water for non-drinking uses such as irrigation.

    These schemes provide fit-for-purpose water for localised uses – but not for drinking. These schemes can reduce demand on the bulk water supply system, by providing water for things such as watering sports fields, flushing toilets and industrial use, that normally drinking water would be used for.

    But the costs and benefits of proposed decentralised schemes need to be carefully weighed up. Some schemes ended up being decomissioned because there were higher operational and maintenance costs than originally anticipated, complexity in managing schemes and onerous regulatory requirements.

    Check out our video and fact sheet for more information.
  • The Reality of Desalination

    2 months ago
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    When you can’t count on the rain to fall when and where you need it, you need to start thinking of alternative sources of water.

    During the Millennium Drought, the Queensland Government built the Gold Coast Desalination Plant – a facility that can turn seawater into drinking water. The desalination plant runs in ‘hot standby’ mode – where we run it once, sometimes twice a week, to keep everything in good working order. We ramp up production during times of flood and drought, or when other water treatment plants are offline for maintenance.

    There are desalination plants in other states...

    When you can’t count on the rain to fall when and where you need it, you need to start thinking of alternative sources of water.

    During the Millennium Drought, the Queensland Government built the Gold Coast Desalination Plant – a facility that can turn seawater into drinking water. The desalination plant runs in ‘hot standby’ mode – where we run it once, sometimes twice a week, to keep everything in good working order. We ramp up production during times of flood and drought, or when other water treatment plants are offline for maintenance.

    There are desalination plants in other states too – Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide all have desalination plants.

    So how does it work? How much does it cost? How does desalination impact the environment?

    Check out our fact sheet and FAQs for all you need to know about ‘desal’!

    Still have questions? Ask us anything using the comments box below and we'll try to get back to you asap.


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  • The Reality of Saving Water

    3 months ago
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    The reality of not being able to count on it to rain when and where we need it to, means being ready to adapt our water use in times of drought and flood.

    South East Queenslanders have already done this during the Millennium Drought – we more than halved our water usage and it has not climbed back up to those levels since.

    No matter where you are in the region, it's important we develop good water habits so we have enough to meet future demand.

    But how do you do this?
    Check out our water saving videos or share...

    The reality of not being able to count on it to rain when and where we need it to, means being ready to adapt our water use in times of drought and flood.

    South East Queenslanders have already done this during the Millennium Drought – we more than halved our water usage and it has not climbed back up to those levels since.

    No matter where you are in the region, it's important we develop good water habits so we have enough to meet future demand.

    But how do you do this?
    Check out our water saving videos or share your best water saving tip ideas in the comments section below.

    Saving water in the garden

    Saving water in the bathroom

    Saving water in the kitchen and laundry

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  • The Reality of the Plan

    3 months ago
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    We’ve been talking a lot of the realities of rain – that we can’t count on it to fall when and where we need it – and that we need to plan for our water future.

    So what does ‘the plan’ look like?

    Our Water Security Program is our plan to provide South East Queensland with drinking water over the next 30 years. This includes planning for extreme weather — both flood and drought.

    Looking so far ahead means our plan has to be adaptive – balancing demand (how much water communities use), supply (how much water we can source,...

    We’ve been talking a lot of the realities of rain – that we can’t count on it to fall when and where we need it – and that we need to plan for our water future.

    So what does ‘the plan’ look like?

    Our Water Security Program is our plan to provide South East Queensland with drinking water over the next 30 years. This includes planning for extreme weather — both flood and drought.

    Looking so far ahead means our plan has to be adaptive – balancing demand (how much water communities use), supply (how much water we can source, treat and transport) and the operation of our water grid (how we transfer water and what sources we use) so we can provide water for life.

    You can read a summary of the Water Security Program or check out the whole program.

    Check out your local plan:

    Planning your water future - Sunshine Coast

    Planning your water future - Scenic Rim

    We’ll be releasing other region plans soon.

  • The Reality of the Water Grid

    3 months ago
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    In South East Queensland, we count on our key drinking water dams to provide us with water to live, work and play. The SEQ Water Grid means we can move water around the region, which is especially important if one part of the region is experiencing an unusual dry spell, while another has enjoyed good rainfall.

    We saw this in the summer of 2016-17, when low rainfall in the north-east of the region left Baroon Pocket Dam, on the Sunshine Coast, and North Pine Dam, in Brisbane’s north, at about half their capacity. So we used the water...

    In South East Queensland, we count on our key drinking water dams to provide us with water to live, work and play. The SEQ Water Grid means we can move water around the region, which is especially important if one part of the region is experiencing an unusual dry spell, while another has enjoyed good rainfall.

    We saw this in the summer of 2016-17, when low rainfall in the north-east of the region left Baroon Pocket Dam, on the Sunshine Coast, and North Pine Dam, in Brisbane’s north, at about half their capacity. So we used the water grid to supplement Sunshine Coast water supply with treated water from Brisbane – usually destined for Brisbane’s northern suburbs - and increased production at our largest water treatment plants at Mount Crosby (near Ipswich) to supplement drinking water to Brisbane’s north.

    Check out our Water Grid video and fact sheet for more information.


  • The Reality of Flood

    3 months ago
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    We can’t always count on the rain to stop falling when we want it to. Floods are a part of the climate in South East Queensland, and just as we plan for droughts, we have plans in place for when there are floods, too.

    Find out more about flood mitigation by reading our fact sheet and checking out the video of how we operate two of our gated dams, Wivenhoe and Somerset.


    We can’t always count on the rain to stop falling when we want it to. Floods are a part of the climate in South East Queensland, and just as we plan for droughts, we have plans in place for when there are floods, too.

    Find out more about flood mitigation by reading our fact sheet and checking out the video of how we operate two of our gated dams, Wivenhoe and Somerset.


  • The Reality of Climate Change

    4 months ago
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    We all know South East Queensland’s climate can vary – from storms and floods, to droughts and heatwaves. The climate has already changed and will continue to change – and SEQ will experience more extreme weather as a result.

    This is just one of the factors we need to take into consideration when planning for South East Queensland’s water future. We’ve already had a taste of this when the dams on the Sunshine Coast – normally our most reliable – experienced an unprecedented two wet seasons in a row with well below average rainfall.

    Although our Water Grid supplemented water...

    We all know South East Queensland’s climate can vary – from storms and floods, to droughts and heatwaves. The climate has already changed and will continue to change – and SEQ will experience more extreme weather as a result.

    This is just one of the factors we need to take into consideration when planning for South East Queensland’s water future. We’ve already had a taste of this when the dams on the Sunshine Coast – normally our most reliable – experienced an unprecedented two wet seasons in a row with well below average rainfall.

    Although our Water Grid supplemented water supplies on the coast to slow the drawdown on the local dams, and eventually replenishing rains arrived - it brought home that without a climate resilient source, like a desalination plan or water treatment plant that can recycle water, the Sunshine Coast is vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

    That’s why we’re planning to have a new water source on the Sunshine Coast in the next 15 to 20 years.
    Check out our Climate Change Fact Sheet and Infographic for more information, or leave your climate change question on our discussion forum.