• Drying climate takes its toll on Denmark’s primary drinking water source, Quickup Dam
  • Stage 5,  one-day-per-week, water restrictions will be in place in Denmark from Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The persistent drying climate in Denmark has taken its toll on Quickup Dam, with the town receiving just 519 millimetres of rain this this year – 32 per cent less than the long term yearly average to the end of August.

Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Stuart Dyson said the resulting lack of inflows into Quickup Dam meant water savings were crucial in the lead up to summer, so Stage 5 restrictions would be in place from Tuesday, 1 September 2015.

“Rainfall in Denmark has fallen dramatically over the past two years, which has severely affected the level in Quickup Dam which is currently at 43 per cent capacity,” Mr Dyson said.

“We have made operational changes and constructed new infrastructure to source as much water as possible from Denmark’s drinking water dams, however lack of rainfall means water savings are vital.

“Stage 5 watering restrictions will be in place from Tuesday, 1 September, as they were in the lead up to this winter, to help secure water supplies for summer.”

Under Stage 5 restrictions Denmark residents can use their garden sprinkler systems one-day-per-week.

“The community of Denmark has rallied to save water in our drying climate over the past year, with around 49.4 million litres of water saved since November 2014,” Mr Dyson said.

“Residents will receive direct communication from us next week outlining details of the one-day-per-week roster.

"These restrictions complement work under way to enable as much water from Denmark River Dam, as possible to be utilised as drinking water.”

Water Corporation will continue to assess the water supply situation in the lead up to summer and provide an update to the community about the watering roster in late November.

 

Fact File

  • Denmark has received 519mm of rainfall this year, which is 252mm less than the long term yearly average to the end of August.
  • Denmark experienced its second driest year on record in 2014 when it received 766.7mm, which is only 3.7mm more than the driest year on record in 1940.
  • Water Corporation has plans underway to enable desalination of water from Denmark River Dam if required to boost drinking water supplies in Denmark, however water savings by the community are important.
  • Stage 5 watering restrictions will be in place from Tuesday, 1 September 2015 to Sunday, 29 November 2015.
  • For more information, visit Water Corporation’s website  http://www.watercorporation.com.au

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Katharine Duff

Position: Water Corporation Regional Engagement and Communications Officer

Phone: (08) 9842 4252