South East's water supplies expected to stay strong

WATER supplies across south-east Queensland are set to remain high throughout summer despite forecasts of a hot and dry wet season.

Seqwater released its inaugural water outlook report at the weekend on behalf of the region's water industry.

Acting Seqwater CEO Peter Dennis said the outlook detailed the impact of the past 12 months on drinking water supplies and consumption.

It also outlined the likely effect of the Bureau of Meteorology's three monthly seasonal forecast from December 2013 to February 2014.

"Based on the BoM's seasonal forecasts, we are looking at a warmer and dryer summer than we experienced last year or the year before," he said.

"The good news is that we coming into this summer off a three-year high in terms of our water security with the combined capacity of our 12 main drinking supply dams remaining above 90%.

"This, combined with our continued modest consumption levels, means that even in a worst case scenario our levels are likely to remain above 90% at the end of summer."

However, Mr Dennis said with a near average cyclone season also forecast by the BoM it was important the region was well prepared for the wet season.

"We all saw what happened in January this year with Cyclone Oswald coming down our coast line," he said.

"The role of the water sector is to ensure we are prepared for all possibilities."



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