Sunshine Coast families and businesses have a very high level of water security irrespective of the situation in local water storages.
Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the Queensland Government’s strong plan for the water sector – WaterQ – placed a priority on responsible and efficient water management.
“The 30 year strategy is about delivering water security. It will ensure sufficient water is available where and when it is needed,” Mr McArdle said.
“Water is now flowing north through the Northern Pipeline Interconnector (NPI) for the first time, supplying the Sunshine Coast with water sourced from North Pine Dam, near Petrie.”
Seqwater yesterday changed the direction of the NPI flow and water was expected to reach the Sunshine Coast by the end of this week.
“Changing the flow will reduce the draw on the Sunshine Coast’s Lake Baroon during what is normally a dry time of year,” Mr McArdle said.
“Seqwater’s integrated bulk water supply network allows us to move water around South East Queensland to where it’s most needed.”
The integrated network means that the Sunshine Coast does not have to rely solely on its local sources of water.
Water security in South East Queensland remains high, with the combined capacity of Seqwater’s 12 key water supply dams at 86.5 per cent (as at 4 August 2014).
Mr McArdle said water would flow in a northerly direction along the NPI for at least a month.
Seqwater will continue to monitor water supplies on a daily basis and adjust the flow if needed