The Burton family, Julie, Tony, Paul and in the front Jayden, will be counting each drop with water levels running low.
The Burton family, Julie, Tony, Paul and in the front Jayden, will be counting each drop with water levels running low. Robyne Cuerel

Dry spell has water tank stocks running low

THOUSANDS of people in the Fraser Coast will be looking to the sky today hoping for rain.

The past two months have been unusually dry and that has left people who are dependent on water tanks in a tough position, with some only having enough water to last for a week or two.

With many water cartage services also booked up for several weeks to cater for demand, that could create a difficult situation for those desperately in need of a top up.

Sunshine Acres man Paul Burton said he had checked his supply and estimated he had about two weeks' worth of water left in his two tanks.

He said with himself and two children to take care off that was a concern.

Mr Burton admitted he liked to leave buying water to the last possible moment just in case the sky did open up.

But this time last year he was forced to bite the bullet and purchase a supply of water because his tanks ran dry.

"I do leave it until it is absolutely necessary," he said.

Recent figures highlight just how unusually dry the past two months have been in the Fraser Coast.

In August and September, Maryborough recorded rainfall of 0.2mm and 30.4mm respectively.

While Hervey Bay had just 4.2mm of rainfall recorded in August and 5.8mm in September.

So far this month, Maryborough has recorded 2.6mm of rain and Hervey Bay just 6mm.

The average recorded rainfall in August is 38.3mm for Maryborough and 58.9mm for Hervey Bay.

In September, the average recorded rainfall is 41.8mm for Maryborough and 40.6mm for Hervey Bay, so the unusual dry spell has contributed significantly to the water shortages being experienced.

Rain is forecast for today, with about 15 to 25mm expected, and people around the region will be hoping predictions are on the mark.

Mr Burton said normally the region would have seen a few heavy storms at this time of the year but it hadn't happened so far.

He has a 10 acre property with livestock but he has a dam to take care of his animals and for irrigation.

But Mr Burton is dependent on the two tanks to run the house.



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