Dry forces coast council to turn on taps
SUNSHINE Coast Council has turned on the taps to provide relief for residents on tank water who are now waiting up to a month for refills as the region’s big dry stretches into its fourth month.
From yesterday increased access will be provided to council taps for domestic quantities of water.
The council will provide tap and hose refilling points to allow residents to fill portable water storage containers. The region has received only 57mm in the three months to the end of August against a seasonal average of 259.9mm.
September is one of the year’s driest months with an average of only 57.9mm.
In 2017 measurable falls have still to be recorded across the first 15 days with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting no rain for at least the next week.
The three months outlook for October, November and December remains neutral meaning there is equal likelihood we will receive more or less than normal falls.
Regional fire training officer Ken Stockton has warned the current high to severe fire danger will only ease with sustained rain over time.
Sunshine Coast Council says with an exceptionally dry winter continuing into spring, some residents whose properties are not connected to the town water supply were experiencing lengthy delays for tank refills with commercial water carriers struggling to meet demand.
Delays of up to a month have been experienced. Mayor Mark Jamieson said commercial operators were struggling to cope with the number of calls coming in.