September - December 2020
Queensland has a dynamic climate with some of the highest and lowest rainfalls in the country. Planning for a secure water supply is essential in this variable climate to support our industry, agriculture and population growth.
Fraser Coast Regional Council and Wide Bay Water are undertaking the Fraser Coast Water Supply Security Strategy recognising that water is our most valuable resource and securing adequate water supplies to meet growing demand is essential.
Our Current Water Supplies
The Fraser Coast region sources its drinking water from the two Burrum Weirs and Lenthalls Dam on the Burrum River, and Teddington Weir on Tinana Creek.
Our water supplies rely on rainfall with dams monitored daily by Council’s Wide Bay Water and managed carefully to ensure there is enough water during periods of prolonged dry weather.
To ensure the balance between having water available at all times and the cost to provide water to the community, water restrictions are a widely used method of managing the available water.
Based on current climate and population forecasts, the most recent strategies have identified that our current dams and weirs will provide safe water supply yields for Hervey Bay until at least 2046 and Maryborough until at least 2066.
The Water Supply Security Strategy project will reassess the options available for future water supplies, and when they are required.
Council will also seek to understand the value the community places on increased water security by determining the community's expectations on the frequency and duration of water restrictions while also considering the potential pricing impacts.
To read more about this project, including project and community engagement objectives - download the project fact sheet from the Document Library.
(sunset - Lake Lenthalls (Lenthalls Dam))