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Dam levels drop despite recent rain

28 January 2020

Fraser Coast residents are being urged to maintain their water saving efforts with storage levels in the region’s main dam continuing to fall despite the recent rain.

Acting Mayor Darren Everard said the Fraser Coast had received more than 80mm of rain since 1 January, but it had not been enough to increase water levels in Lenthall Dam, which was at 58.5 per cent yesterday down from 60.1 per cent at the start of the year.

“While gardens and lawns throughout the region are looking a lot greener thanks to the recent rain, we still need a lot more rain to top up our dams,” he said.

“These figures highlight why we are on level two water restrictions and why we are encouraging residents to keep their daily consumption to 210 litres per person per day.”

Cr Everard said water consumption on the Fraser Coast in November and December 2019 was regularly above 250 litres per person per day - and sometimes was as high as 300 litres - but last week fell to 170 litres per person per day.

“An analysis of the water consumption figures over the past few months highlight the impact the rain has and just how much of our water use is outdoors,” he said.

Cr Everard urged residents to ensure they were abiding by level two water restrictions, which only permit the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems three nights a week.

“Every drop counts, and we all have a role to play in ensuring the Fraser Coast is water-wise – this must be a team effort,” he said.

“It might be mulching your garden, using a swimming pool cover or checking regularly for water leaks – it all helps. The more water we can save now, the longer we prolong our precious water supplies.

“We thank residents for their good work in lowering consumption and ask that they continue their water saving efforts.”

More information about Fraser Coast’s water restrictions is available here and for water saving tips click here.