Canungra in Level 1 Drought Response

Canungra Creek
Canungra Creek

 Urban Utilities has issued another call for Canungra residents to save water, as levels in Canungra Creek have dropped further due to the ongoing dry conditions. 

Seqwater advised flows in Canungra Creek have dropped below seven megalitres per day in town, which means Canungra is now in level one drought response. 

Urban Utilities spokesperson Michelle Cull said it was important for the community to continue their water saving efforts. 

“Canungra exited drought for its drinking water supply earlier this year following good rainfall in January and February, but unfortunately a lack of follow up rain has seen the flow in the creek recently slow down,” she said. 

“Water usage is currently around 125 litres per person per day and we’re asking residents to please revisit the great water saving behaviours they adopted over summer, when usage was below 100 litres per person per day. 

“While we all need to maintain behaviours like washing hands regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are lots of other ways to save water around the home and garden.” 

Medium-level water restrictions are still in place in Canungra and they apply to all properties connected to the town water supply and water from the tanker filling station.  Information about medium-level restrictions is available from https://urbanutilities.com.au/restrictions.

“Many people have been using their extra time at home to spruce up their gardens, but please be mindful of your outdoor water use and adhere to the water restrictions in place,” Ms Cull said. 

“Other ways to reduce your water use include fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, only doing full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine, and turning the tap off while you brush your teeth. 

“If your property is connected to the town supply, you can use your water meter to track how much water your household is using and challenge yourselves to see how low you can go.” 

Seqwater’s Canungra Water Treatment Plant is continuing to supply the town with treated water from Canungra Creek. 

“Flows in Canungra Creek can change quickly and we are working closely with Seqwater so we can keep the community updated,” Ms Cull said. 

“The tanker filling station in Canungra will remain open for as long as possible, however it could be closed if we progress further into drought and Canungra Creek stops flowing. 

“We encourage customers to consider their alternative plans now, including driving to the nearest filling station in Beaudesert.” 

If Canungra Creek stops flowing and Seqwater need to take their water treatment plant offline, Seqwater will tanker drinking water to Canungra to maintain the town supply. 

To keep up to date, sign up for email updates about water supply levels via the Urban Utilities website: urbanutilities.com.au/canungra 

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