Rain dries up but restrictions unlikely

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WITH little rain on the horizon over winter, levels at the Awoonga Dam are expected to fall, but not to a point that will see any water restrictions introduced.

Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) chief executive Rod Hayes said the level of Awoonga Dam was about 35 metres or 62 per cent of capacity.

'We would expect the levels to fall to around 33 or 34 metres by the next wet,' Mr Hayes said.

Last year there was only about 6 millimetres of rainfall from May to August with similar falls expected this year.

Despite Awoonga Dam holding about six to seven years of supply, Mr Hayes said the situation was still being watched closely to ensure there was not a repeat of the situation faced by Gladstone during the last drought when strict water restrictions were imposed.

'At the moment there is a good level of storage, but by the end of the next wet we would start having a look at the level.'

Mr Hayes said GAWB was currently revising its drought management plan, which includes a trigger for alternative water supplies if water levels get too low.

At present if Awoonga Dam reaches a level of just two years of water supply GAWB will start looking at contingency plans.

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