Rain has continued to fall for the past 24 hours in South East Queensland with heavy falls expected over the next 24 hours.

South East Queensland residents and farmers are hoping that this is the beginning of the end of the drought, or at least a respite from level 6 water restrictions which were to be introduced next week.  Level 6 restrictions bans all outside watering, currently residents are allowed to water outside very second day with buckets only.

Farmers are also rejoicing cautiously as their paddocks start to puddle up with 60-70mm landing in some areas. These falls have increased their hopes that they won’t need to hand feed their herds next season.  Farmers in the Wide Bay-Burnett area north of Brisbane will begin planting their winter crops having received the largest rainfall for several years.

Wivenhoe dam, the main catchment dam for the city of Brisbane, capital of Queensland, was finally in the right place at the right time, with a reported 20mm being captured.  The next 24 hours could see that figure double.  Mr Drury of the South East Queensland Water Board said another 50-70mm was needed over the next few days to delay level 6 restrictions being introduced.

Premier Beattie was happy to see the rain but warned residents not to be complacent about water restrictions, as his department has sent out 3000 warning letters this week asking residents to explain why they have not kept within their daily allowance of water usage.  Residents are expected to use 140 liters of water per person per day and those that do not comply need to explain to big brother – The Queensland Water Board – who have the power to impose fines up to $15,000.00 for infringements.

Source:    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au

 Kathy Hassed


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