Weekend downpour boosts SEQ dams with two months of drinking water

The weekend downpour has boosted South East Queensland dams and provided two-and-a-half months of drinking water supply!

All but two of the Sunshine Coast drinking water dams are at 100% capacity and spilling following the weekend’s drenching rainfall.

Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the rainfall over the weekend had increased the capacity of the SEQ water grid by 3 per cent to 78 per cent.


“Water supply security on the Sunshine Coast dams is now the highest it’s been since May 2015,’’ Dr Lynham said.

Seqwater Acting chief executive officer Dan Spiller said Sunshine Coast dams had historically provided the most reliable drinking water supply in South East Queensland, with regular and consistent wet seasons.

“However over the past three years this pattern has changed dramatically and 2017  highlighted how quickly our dam levels on the Sunshine Coast can drop away,’’ he said.

Most Sunshine Coast dams are at full capacity and spilling including Ewen Maddock, Wappa and Poona as well as Lake Macdonald in Noosa and Cedar Pocket and Borumba in Gympie.

Hinze Dam and Little Nerang on the Gold Coast also received a good top up following the weekend’s heavy rainfall.