Water releases from Bundaberg’s Paradise Dam have commenced, ahead of the upcoming 2019-20 wet season, to reduce the dam’s water storage level to 42 per cent.

While the dam is safe under normal and current forecast weather conditions, detailed investigations have shown that there are issues with the dam in the unlikely event of another 1-in-200-year event like 2013.

Reducing the dam’s storage level will facilitate essential work to lower the spillway wall in 2020 and allow for better community safety management.

An approved Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for Paradise Dam is in place. Sunwater will continue to work in partnership with local government given the leadership role the LDMG play in managing local flood risks and emergencies to help keep communities informed and prepared.

The water being released from the dam ahead of the 2019-20 wet season will not disrupt water supply to Bundaberg.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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