WATCH: This video sheds 'shocking' new light on Leslie Dam

A WARWICK photographer has taken to the skies to share a new perspective on the devastating state of Warwick's major water source in the midst of drought.

Leslie Dam has become "nothing but a puddle" according to photographer David Jannenga, who recently took drone footage of the dam at 9.7 per cent capacity.

Mr Jannenga has been visiting Leslie Dam for the past four years.

The picturesque body of water is his favourite place in Warwick to catch a sunset from behind his lens.

 

David Lammert Jannenga has been taking photographs of Warwick's stunning Leslie Dam for four years.
David Lammert Jannenga has been taking photographs of Warwick's stunning Leslie Dam for four years. DL Photography

But when he recently decided to photograph the dam from a different angle, he was stunned by what he saw.

"It is just very surprising to see it so dry," he said.

"You look at it and it is just a puddle of water in a very dry land, it just shows your that the surrounding area is so dry."

In recent times, Mr Jannenga has noticed the dam water level falling at troubling rates.

"Some days you could go out there and the next week the water would be down two meters further don't the embankment," he said.

"It's the lowest I have seen it so far."

 

David Lammert Jannenga took this photo of Leslie Dam looking much fuller in 2016.
David Lammert Jannenga took this photo of Leslie Dam looking much fuller in 2016. DL Photography

Mr Jannenga said the footage was a warning sign that Leslie Dam was being drained with no chance to replenish.

"The problem I saw was that they were really using the water at one stage and not thinking about the drought," he said.

"The dam just never gets a chance to recuperate."

Warwick, Killarney and Stanthorpe are yet to achieve target water consumption levels according to the latest Southern Downs Regional Council water report.

But the message to conserve seems to be sinking on some level, as Warwick records its lowest monthly water consumption rate since January.


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