Water releases at Leslie Dam yesterday.
Water releases at Leslie Dam yesterday. Jayden Brown

Leslie Dam to plunge to 14% after water release

LESLIE Dam could drop to as low as 14% by the end of the week as irrigators are given their last water allocations for months.

Water releases began on Tuesday afternoon, with irrigators down stream given approximately 20% of their remaining allocations.

The dam is at 15.8% of capacity.

A SunWater spokes- woman said the dam would fall to about 14% after the release.

“The first day’s release is usually the largest, then it tapers off,” she said.

“We’re expecting the release to continue for around five to seven days.”

No more water releases are expected from Leslie Dam until significant in-flows boost dam levels.

The remaining water in Leslie Dam is reserved for Southern Downs Regional Council town water supply.

The dam will need to fall to 7.5% before water restrictions are tightened from permanent to medium.

High level restrictions will be put in place if the dam falls to 4.5%.

Extreme restrictions will be enforced if the dam level falls to 2.25%.

SunWater forecasts shows the dam could drop to less than 10% by December.



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