Wivenhoe to be released: SEQ Water
NEXT weekend will see the beginning of a release of a year's supply of water from Wivenhoe Dam to mitigate any further flooding this year.
Around 25 per cent of the dam's drinking water capacity will be released over nine days.
SEQ Water Chief Executive Officer, Peter Borrows, said the recommendation was not made lightly.
“It balances drinking water security prospective and flood mitigation concerns,” he said.
“We intend to start releasing later this week with a steady controlled rate.
“There are seven bridges immediately downstream of Wivenhoe and this will affect three of those: Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing and Colleges Crossing.
“The bridges will be closed for nine days if we don't have any rainfall inflows with the farmers' impact more to do with moving their equipment so they can continue to operate their farms.”
Minister for Natural Resources, Stephen Robertson, said the release was a necessary measure to prepare the region against floods.
“The bureau has advised that although there are clear signs that the second strongest La Niña pattern in history has probably passed its peak, it won't be until April that the heavy rain bearing monsoonal weather patterns will begin to contract north,” he said.
“While we can't be certain about what rain is yet to come in this wet season, this measure reflects an abundance of caution.
“What we do know right now is that releasing some water from Wivenhoe Dam will still leave more than enough for our drinking water needs over the next few years and importantly this action will not impact on water bills.”
Members of the public seeking information on potential impacts in their local areas should direct inquiries to their local councils in due course.