Dry forces coast coun­cil to turn on taps

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

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.

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