Moogerah Dam drops to 15 per cent capacity

Moogerah Dam.
Moogerah Dam.

WATER levels at Moogerah Dam have dropped below 15 per cent affecting drinking water for Boonah, Kalbar, Mount Alford and Aratula.

Despite the catchment receiving more than 180mm rainfall throughout December and January, it was not enough to boost levels in Moogerah Dam

Boonah, Kalbar, Mount Alford and Aratula rely on water sourced from Moogerah Dam for their drinking water, which then gets treated at Seqwater's Kalbar Water Treatment Plant.

Urban Utilities spokesperson Michelle Cull said water usage was sitting at around 170 litres per person per day.

"Medium-level water restrictions remain in place in Boonah, Kalbar, Aratula and Mount Alford and residents should be adhering to these as a minimum.

"The restrictions aim to limit outdoor water use and include an odds and evens watering schedule as well as guidelines for outdoor cleaning, topping up swimming pools and preventing water wastage," she said.

Ms Cull said Urban Utilities and Seqwater were working closely as drought progressed.

"Based on a water security assessment, Seqwater has advised tankering to its Kalbar Water Treatment Plant to supplement the town water supply won't be required until Moogerah Dam reaches 7 per cent capacity," she said.

She said there were no changes to the tanker filling station in Boonah and it remained open.

"When the dam level reaches 7 per cent capacity, the tanker filling station in Boonah will be open for direct access for local off-network households through the 25mm outlet and the 75mm outlet will be closed.

"At that stage, commercial carting operators will be asked to use alternative locations."

Medium-level water restrictions also apply to water drawn from the tanker filling station.

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said he was glad that Seqwater had not closed the Boonah tanker filling station.

"Closing the station would only have achieved higher costs for carrier and customers. There are many households and properties that rely on that filling point when things are really dry," he said.

"Had it been closed at this point, water would have to be carried from Peak Crossing or Beaudesert."

"I hope we receive good rainfall soon so our farmers using Moogerah water can keep irrigating and we can see secure water supply for the next few years," he said.

Boonah, Kalbar, Aratula and Mount Alford have been in drought response since September 2019 when levels in Moogerah Dam fell below 50 per cent capacity.

In August 2020, the capacity in the dam dropped below 25 per cent.