Sunwater has updated Paradise Dam’s supply level and current capacity to reflect the height of the dam wall.
This is necessary to provide clarity for operational and safety matters, and to ensure the community has access to accurate and consistent information.
In the event of extreme weather conditions, it is important that 100% capacity represents when the water level reaches the top of the dam wall and is about to spill.
Now that a temporary concrete crest has been constructed on the lowered spillway, the interim full supply volume at the dam has been increased from 160,900 megalitres to 170,400 megalitres.
As at 5 March 2021, the 170,400 megalitre figure represents 100% capacity on Sunwater’s website and app.
This change will also apply to how the Paradise Dam full supply level and current capacity is reported on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website.
Additionally, the data reporting change does not impact on current announced allocations for Sunwater customers.
Sunwater will continue to maintain the dam at a lower storage volume while ancillary works continue through 2021 to enable safe construction activities. The current storage volume is well below this level due to ongoing releases for customer supply, and no significant inflows being received during the Essential Works period.
A decision has not yet been made about the long-term future of the dam.
A Building Queensland-led detailed business case on Paradise Dam is underway to examine options for the dam’s remediation and future water security for the region.
Current information regarding the dam’s supply level is available here.