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45 days water left in weir
for Maleny

by Cameron Outridge

The long dry winter and no sign of rain in spring has again made Maleny’s water supply approach critical levels, according to Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous.  “As of Wednesday, there was 24,000 kilolitres of water left in the weirs and with the latest restrictions, the town is using about 550 kilolitres per day. So, we expect with this consumption level we can last another one and a half months before running dry,’’ he said.

The Mayor said there was every chance rain would come to Maleny soon. “However, we need to do everything we can, in the short term, to prevent a complete loss of water supply in Maleny.”

The Mayor said if it didn’t rain over the next two weeks and the weir levels dropped to below 15,000 kilolitres further restrictions would be necessary. This may include further bans as necessary with zoned supply interruptions one of the options.

“Once the level drops below 10,000 kilolitres we will need to reduce the consumption down to below 300 kilolitres per day and start tankering water in from Landsborough. We are currently tracking down suitable tankers for this work.”

In the longer term, the Mayor said Council was still looking at the option to construct a pipeline from Landers Shute water treatment plant to Maleny, to help resolve this issue. “We have again applied for a State Government subsidy to cover 40 percent of the $2.6 million cost of building a pipeline,’’ he said. “We are negotiating with the Minister for Local Government, Desley Boyle, to resolve issues which saw the rejection of the application for subsidy last year.

“Council is committed to ensuring the Maleny community receive an assured water supply so that this community doesn’t have to go through the same annual anxiety of not knowing when or from where their next drop of water is coming.

All outside use of water is prohibited in the Maleny Water Supply area. This came into effect Friday night. Meanwhile, Baroon Pocket Dam is 85 percent full and still holding enough water for the next two years.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.