Dam needs more rain to raise dropping levels

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

LAKE Awoonga desperately needs current wet weather to continue to stop dropping water levels.

The current above-average rainfall needs to keep going to put much needed water run-off into the catchment area.

Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) chief executive officer Rod Hayes said the recent rain had helped to fill up dry creeks and rivers and dampen the catchment.

'We have had a lot of rainfall that hasn't translated to significant levels of run-off because of the dryness of the catchment area,' Mr Hayes said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan, said last year Gladstone had average rainfall, but this year's was well above average.

'Last year Gladstone's annual total was 698mm and the average was 745mm,' Mr Marrinan said.

However, in January Gladstone Airport has already received 148.2mm and the average for the month is 111.3 mm.

'The outlook for the next three months, going by indicators, is that rainfall is going to be about aver-age,' Mr Marrinan said.

Mr Hayes said anyone interested in further information about the dam could look on the GAWB web site, www.gawb.qld.gov.au.



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