No plan to release water from dam
LESLIE Dam operator SunWater has no immediate plans to release water from the Warwick storage for irrigation purposes, despite the prolonged dry spell.
Local farming sources had suggested a bulk release might be imminent for cropping purposes downstream of the 106,200ML capacity storage, with just 1.4mm of rain recorded so far in Warwick for January.
December fared little better, with the total rainfall officially recorded for Warwick at 15.4mm.
A SunWater spokeswoman yesterday said releases of water from Leslie Dam were based on when "water supplies are requested by irrigation customers".
"The release of water from Leslie Dam to SunWater's irrigation customers is a routine procedure," the spokeswoman said.
"The amounts of water released at any one time are dependent on the specific requests of irrigation customers."
SunWater records show Leslie Dam has dropped by three per cent since the start of the month, with a total current storage of 101,700ml, placing it at 96 per cent of capacity.
Coolmunda Dam at Inglewood has 58,000ml in storage and is at 85 per cent of capacity.
SunWater's website shows water allocations from several of its dams around the state are currently for sale with varying degrees of priority, including at Bundaberg, the Upper Burnett and on the Pioneer, Lower Mary and Proserpine rivers.