Dam lev­els hit warn­ing stage

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

DAM lev­els in South­east Queens­land have reached a low point, caus­ing the gov­ern­ing body re­spon­si­ble for wa­ter in the re­gion to is­sue a warn­ing.

Se­qwa­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil Bren­nan said a com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign was set to start this week, with the Wa­ter Grid com­bined dam level ex­pected to fall to 70 per cent ca­pac­ity.

If it reaches 50 per cent, manda­tory wa­ter re­stric­tions will come into place.

Se­qwa­ter es­ti­mates this could be as soon as April next year.

“The com­bi­na­tion of hot, dry con­di­tions, high wa­ter use and lit­tle or no rain has seen dam lev­els fall steadily”, Mr Bren­nan said.

“The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pre­dicts be­lowa­v­er­age rain­fall for au­tumn, with warm con­di­tions con­tin­u­ing into April.

“It’s time to start the con­ver­sa­tion with SEQ con­sumers about be­ing more wa­ter wise – es­pe­cially with con­sump­tion per per­son hit­ting heights we’ve not seen since be­fore the mil­len­nium drought.”

The Petersen fam­ily lives in Gat­ton in a home among a green and lush gar­den, in which a num­ber of Aus­tralian na­tives are grow­ing.

The gar­den it­self boasts more than 100 plants and the street is lined with many sim­i­larly healthy gar­dens.

Mr Petersen said it was hard to es­ti­mate how much time the fam­ily put into the gar­den.

“Just when­ever we can, I sup­pose,” he said.

“We try to wa­ter at least once ev­ery sec­ond day, es­pe­cially when we don’t get rain.”

When asked what would hap­pen to the gar­den in the event of re­stric­tions, Mr Petersen said it wasn’t some­thing he had thought about.

“Once the tank wa­ter has run out wa­ter re­stric­tions is some­thing that would af­fect us,” he said.

We try to wa­ter at least once ev­ery sec­ond day, es­pe­cially when we don’t get rain. — Tim Petersen

PHOTO: EBONY GRAVEUR

GREEN GAR­DEN: Wa­ter re­stric­tions in Gat­ton could threaten Tim Petersen’s beau­ti­ful gar­den.

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