Dam levels drop as water use creeps up
13 November 2019
Fraser Coast residents are being encouraged to reduce their water use in the wake of new figures showing dam levels are dropping while water consumption is creeping up.
Mayor George Seymour said the Fraser Coast had only received about a quarter of its average annual rainfall since 1 July and the Bureau of Meteorology was forecasting a hot, dry summer.
“While the Fraser Coast’s water supplies are still in good shape with Lake Lenthall at 69 per cent and Teddington Weir at 88 per cent, storage levels are dropping by up to one per cent a week,” he said.
“Unless we get significant rain on the Fraser Coast, level two water restrictions are just around the corner.”
Cr Seymour said the average daily water consumption was increasing as the weather heated up.
“From 1 November to 7 November 2019, average daily water consumption in Hervey Bay was 24 ML while the average daily consumption in Maryborough was 8.2 ML” he said.
“That’s up on the average over the previous four weeks of 21 ML per day in Hervey Bay and 7.9 ML per day in Maryborough.”
“Council is encouraging Fraser Coast residents to keep an eye on their water use. It will not only save you money by helping you avoid a big water bill, it will also help us delay tougher water restrictions.”
Cr Seymour said Council had a range of water-wise tips on its website and had been positing tips on social media as well.
“It might be mulching your garden, using a swimming pool cover or checking regularly for water leaks – every little bit helps, particularly during these dry times,” he said.
Water-wise tips are available here while details of current level one water restrictions can be found here.