BONE DRY: The drought has been declared to be the worst in 120 years.
BONE DRY: The drought has been declared to be the worst in 120 years. Marian Faa

WATER UPDATE: Three towns hit restrictions target

Welcome to the Warwick Daily News' Water Update. Each month we will bring a comprehensive overview of the latest information on the drought ravaging the region, with a detailed look into contingency plans, water use and the impact on our communities.

RESIDENTIAL water consumption is slowly drying up as more households than ever adhere to extreme water restrictions during the worst drought in 120 years.

The towns of Dalveen, Wallangarra and Allora used on or below their household consumption target in June, helping the region's struggling water supply to withstand further descent into drought.

Pratten had a significant drop in average household consumption over the last month, taking consumption from more than 250L to less than 200L.

Average water usage in Killarney crept back up to just over 200 litres per household per month, in total recording more than eight megalitres of water use in June and placing its usage well above other towns.

Warwick reported the sixth consecutive month of decreased monthly water consumption, while Stanthorpe's monthly use decreased significantly since the May reading.

The Southern Downs Regional Council completed leak detection in Stanthorpe, Dalveen and Wallangarra, and these are now reported to have been fixed.

Surveys of Connolly and Storm King dams were completed and showed an amount of silt that was "immaterial to the remaining water run-out dates”.

Warwick dam levels dropped slightly from May to June but the remaining supply has stayed steady at a predicted 16 months, including evaporation.

Leslie Dam's level decreased marginally from 6.64 per cent to 6.44 per cent and Connolly Dam from 42.8 per cent to 36.5 per cent.

At 26.7 per cent capacity, Storm King Dam is now predicted to run out in six months.

Other water sources report significantly more time remaining, including Spring Creek Weir with 34.9 months, Beehive Dam and The Soak with a collective 13.5 months, and Canal Creek Weir with 42.4 months remaining.

Between the Dalveen, Leyburn and Pratten bores, the region has another 104.4 months of water supply.

Bore pumping tests in Killarney and Yangan are ongoing, with residents in these areas advised of noise disturbances for the next two weeks.

More information is expected to arrive on Wednesday.



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