FLOWING: Water being released from Leslie Dam on Wednesday morning.
FLOWING: Water being released from Leslie Dam on Wednesday morning. David Hockings

More dam water released from Leslie

WATER continued to be released from Leslie Dam for desperate irrigators this week, despite residents in surrounding towns being placed on high-level water restrictions.

The SunWater-owned dam dropped below 30% last week, triggering Southern Downs Regional Council to enforce high-level water restrictions on Warwick, Allora, Yangan and Killarney.

A SunWater spokeswoman said Leslie Dam was designed to store water for customers, with several releases a year.

"Customers own the water - with allocation calculated at the start of the water year on July 1," she said.

"Leslie Dam is currently at 63% for medium priority, which means if you're an irrigation customer you're allowed 63% of your water allocation."

Despite falling dam levels, SunWater has ruled out revising the allocations down.

"We do calculations at the start of the water year so customers can make informed decisions," a SunWater spokeswoman said.

"When we get in-flows into the dam the allocation can go up - however it won't be revised down."

Leslie Dam, which is currently sitting at 28%, is the lowest dam by capacity percentage in the SunWater portfolio.

Meanwhile, holiday campers at the dam have been advised to look out for submerged objects during recreational activities.

"At this stage we haven't put on any restrictions on activity in the dam," the spokeswoman said.

"As the dam gets low we remind people to take care on the water."



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