The spray of water being released from Leslie Dam.
The spray of water being released from Leslie Dam. Gerard Walsh

Water flows from dam

WATER has once more been released from Leslie Dam after the dry start to the year.

Though the gates were not opened, dam observers noticed water was being released through a valve in recent days.

Yesterday operator SunWater confirmed so far this month 2183 megalitres, approximately 10cm, of water has been released.

The dam is currently sitting at 94 per cent, having dropped 5% over the past month.

A SunWater spokeswoman noted the dam is operated as a storage for water owned by irrigation customers and, as such, it releases water based on requests from the irrigators.

"The release of water from Leslie Dam to SunWater's irrigation customers is a routine procedure and the amount of water released at any one time is dependent on the specific requests of irrigation customers," she said.

This week's rain has been met with warm welcomes from farmers but last week only 1.4mm of rain had been recorded in Warwick.

December fared little better, with the total rainfall officially recorded for Warwick at 15.4mm.


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