Rainfall boosts Bundaberg and Burnett storage levels

09 Sep 2010

Steady rainfall across the Bundaberg and Burnett region has boosted storage levels.

SunWater Area Operations Manager Nev Wogandt said Paradise Dam was now at 98% capacity and SunWater was making water releases through the dam’s outlets works.

Mr Wogandt said the region’s other major storage, Fred Haigh Dam, was also benefiting from the recent inflows and is currently at 81% - the highest it has been since 2004.

“Boondooma Dam is now at 98%, which is the highest it has been since 2001, Bjelke Petersen Dam is now more than half full (52%) and Wuruma Dam has increased to 13%,” Mr Wogandt said.

All local weirs have also benefited from the recent rain with most either close to full, full or overflowing.

Mr Wogandt said apart from the welcome boost to storage levels, the inflows had also enabled SunWater to once again operate Paradise Dam’s mini hydro power plant.

“We have been operating the hydro at Paradise Dam for the past three days now and are pumping around two megawatts of clean, green energy into the State’s electricity grid per hour,” Mr Wogandt said.

Mr Wogandt said based on current inflows rates he expected the hydro power plant to operate over the next few weeks.

Water storage level information can be obtained by visiting www.sunwater.com.au.


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