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.

Water knowledge survey

How water wise are you? Let us know by taking our water knowledge and attitudes survey.

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Below is a list of words and terms that are used in water management. Please rate your level of knowledge of the terms using the following scale. (0 - little to no understanding of term, 10 - very good understanding of term.)
Below is a list of words and terms that are used in water management. Please rate your level of knowledge of the terms using the following scale. (0 - little to no understanding of term, 10 - very good understanding of term.) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Dams and weirs
Desalinated water
Ground water
Purified recycled water
Rainwater harvesting
Stormwater capture
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To the best of your knowledge, is the Gold Coast Desalination Plant at Tugun current producing drinking water for South East Queensland communities? * required
In your view, how favourable or unfavourable are each of the following water options to deliver a reliable supply of high quality drinking water to South East Queensland in the future? (0 - little to no understanding of the term; 10 - very good understanding of the term) *
In your view, how favourable or unfavourable are each of the following water options to deliver a reliable supply of high quality drinking water to South East Queensland in the future? (0 - little to no understanding of the term; 10 - very good understanding of the term) 0 - little to no understanding of the term 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - very good understanding of the term Don't know
Rainwater harvesting - capturing rainwater in tanks to offset overall use of regional waters supply; relies on rainfall.
Desalinated - sea water that is treated to remove the salt and produce high quality drinking water.
Dams and weirs - stored in dams/weirs and treated to produce high quality drinking water (relies on rainfall at dam/weir locations).
Purified recycled water for drinking - waste water purified to a quality that exceeds current drinking water standards and is used to replenish Wivenhoe Dam.
Groundwater - underground water that is extracted and treated to produce quality drinking water.
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