No water restrictions

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

"WATER restrictions are not likely in the forseeable future.''

These are the reassuring words from acting-chief executive officer (CEO) of the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) Jim Grayson.

Despite a worrying trend towards a lack of rainfall for the Awoonga Dam and catchment area, this has been allowed for by the GAWB.

"Our drought model simulates projected in-flow into the dam and our obligation is to ensure supply,'' Mr Grayson said.

This means the factoring in of potential customers so any future industrial development will not be threatened by drought or water restrictions.

"We are factoring in customers and we have to have a high reliability of supply,'' Mr Grayson said.

The Fitzroy River pipeline has not been put on the backburner for an alternative supply of water either.

"By no means have we put that to one side, as we are actively pursuing that allocation of water,'' Mr Grayson said.



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