Using a precious resource wisely

Posted on 21.11.2019

With the extremes of climate we are currently experiencing and the wide spread drought conditions, it is timely to consider our most precious of resources, our water supply. The following Waterwise information from Seqwater is both topical and useful for not only the South East but the whole of Queensland.

Water is a precious resource for us to use wisely.

The combined level of our Water Grid dams is now below 60%. We are in the ‘drought response’ phase of the region’s Drought Response Plan. This means we are:

  • Increasing production at the Gold Coast Desalination Plant
  • Maximising operation of the SEQ Water Grid
  • Asking the community to save water.

While there are no water restrictions at this level, there are lots of simple ways you can save water. Find out what works for you and your household.


South East Queensland's Drought Response Plan

Our drought response approach is adaptive to allow actions and triggers to adjust to demand, climate, severity of drought and other external factors.

Drought response is triggered when the SEQ Water Grid reaches 60%. See our Drought Response Plan here.

What is Seqwater doing to prepare for climate change?
Seqwater regularly monitors the level of water in our dams (the drawdown), rainfall frequency, duration and volume. This is compared to previous data to understand any significant changes.

Seqwater is also aware of, and is considering, climate information for South East Queensland available from the State Government and other organisations.  This information will form part of the considerations for the types of water supply options for South East Queensland into the future. When we are planning for the future, we will consider a number of scenarios, and continue to monitor trends, and adapt our planning accordingly.

We are also developing a business-wide Climate Resilience Strategy to deal with the many impacts of a changing climate. Seqwater has worked with the State Government in the development of the Strategy and it features as a case study within the Queensland Government’s own Climate Adaptation Strategy.





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