SunWater makes water releases from Callide Dam

10 Jan 2011

SunWater is advising that it has begun a controlled water release from Callide Dam in Biloela.

SunWater spokesperson Glenn Pfluger said this is the first time the dam had been required to make a controlled water release through the dam’s radial gates.

Mr Pfluger said the dam reached full capacity (136,300ML) on 8 January and SunWater began releasing water at a rate of approx 2000ML per day at 11am that day.

“The dam has six radial gates and SunWater currently has two of those gates open in order to pass the incoming water flows, which are well within the dam’s design capacity,” Mr Pfluger said

”These controlled releases will continue while the dam receives inflow and we will have staff working around the clock monitoring inflow and adjusting gate releases to ensure the dam remains at full supply level.

“We have been in direct communication with all relevant authorities, such as council and SES, to ensure they are aware of the water releases being made at present and we will continue to liaise with them during this release event,” he said.

Mr Pfluger said with Callide Dam now full, all SunWater dams were now at 100%.

Callide Dam was the last dam to fill in SunWater’s portfolio of 19 dams across Queensland.

Mr Pfluger said SunWater was also advising the general public to take particular caution when around the dam area and to take care if using the lake for recreation as there had been a major increase in submerged debris as a result of the inflow event.

“The Callide Dam site is a prohibited zone so people should stay well clear of this area but we also remind people to also play it safe on the lake and in the public recreation areas near Callide Dam during this flood event given the increased potential for hazards,” he said.


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