Water benefits environment

THE largest release of water from Paradise Dam is under way since it filled for the first time last week.

SunWater spokesman Glenn Pfluger confirmed that, starting yesterday, 4500 megalitres would be released over a 24-hour period from the dam’s environmental gate to ensure water did not go over the spillway.

Mr Pfluger said calculations were being made on inflows of 1500ML per day, but this would be reassessed today to calculate the volume of any subsequent release.

With Paradise Dam at 100% capacity, the SunWater operations crew has had its first opportunity to test the dam’s operating procedures with head pressure behind the outlets.

Mr Pfluger said a combined 25,000ML per day could be released through the dam’s environmental and irrigation outlet gates to prevent it from spilling.

That’s in accordance with the Burnett River Resource Operations Plan.

Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council regional co-ordinator Emma-Kate Currie welcomed the release.

“If they are seriously taking measures to prevent injuries to fish species and aquatic life, we’ll be quite happy with that,” she said.

Ms Currie expected the flow to register at the Figtree stream gauge, 10 kilometres downstream.



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