Rainfall continues to keep Peter Faust Dam at high levels

25 Nov 2010

Significant rainfall across the Whitsunday region has delivered major inflows into Peter Faust Dam at Proserpine.

SunWater Area Operations Manager Colin Bendall said Peter Faust Dam was currently at 95.6% of capacity (468,495ML) and slowly rising.

“We have had sporadic but very useful rainfall right across the catchment for the past few months now which has kept the dam at very high levels and with traditional wet season rainfall still to come it is very likely we will see further increases,” Mr Bendall said.

“The dam is certainly in a good position at present and this has increased the level of water supply security for the urban, commercial and agricultural water users that rely on it.”

“At 95.6% of capacity this is one of the highest water levels recorded at the dam since Cyclone Joy swept through the town in 1991 and boosted levels to 98.5%,” he said.

Mr Bendall said this time last year the dam was at 72.9% and was down to its lowest levels in 2007 when it hit 10.7%.

The dam has a catchment area of 267sq km and takes in the Proserpine River, some smaller creeks and rainfall over the catchment.

 

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