SunWater prepares for severe weather in Central Queensland

19 Feb 2015

SunWater is preparing for cyclonic conditions in the Central Queensland region as Tropical Cyclone Marcia approaches the Queensland coast.

SunWater Bulk Water and Irrigation Systems General Manager Tom Vanderbyl said the business was well prepared for the tropical storms predicted to hit the Queensland coast over the next few days.

"SunWater’s dams are not flood mitigation dams. They are purpose-built to store water to full capacity, and then safely manage any further excess inflows by diverting them through purpose built spillway overflows," Mr Vanderbyl said.

"Our staff are closely monitoring the weather system and have commenced preparations for heavy rainfall in the event that it falls within dam catchments.

"SunWater’s operators will continue to monitor all inflows into our catchment areas and operate the dams in line with legislated Emergency Action Plans as required.

"Key operational teams are onsite with additional staff on standby to be mobilised if needed.

"SunWater has also commenced testing and refuelling generators at our dams in the event that they are required to maintain power supply."

Mr Vanderbyl said prior to the start of the wet season, SunWater had undertaken routine preparations to ensure it was ready to manage any extreme weather events.

SunWater has comprehensive communication protocols in place to ensure all relevant emergency services, disaster groups and downstream residents are updated during severe weather events.

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