Connolly, Storm King and EJ Beardmore dam levels hit 100 per cent

Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi celebrates the water flowing into the Storm King Dam.
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi celebrates the water flowing into the Storm King Dam.

Carting water has become par for the course for the Queensland Granite Belt town of Stanthorpe but that all changed on Tuesday when the Connolly and Storm King dams hit 100 per cent.

Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said "it hasn't rained money, but it has rained hope" for farmers and the community.

"The catchment has lived up to its name, the king storm has filled up Storm King Dam," Cr Pennisi said.

"After months of reporting that Storm King Dam was at 21.8 per cent or lower and carting an average of 565 truckloads of water to Stanthorpe per fortnight, this is a sight for sore eyes that will relieve a lot of pressure in the community."

The rain across south east and south west Queensland has also sparked inflows into a number of the state's dams used for irrigation.

When Queensland Country Life spoke with Sunwater on Wednesday morning they reported more than 55,000 megalitres had flowed into Glenlyon Dam, on the NSW border, lifting its capacity from 15.5 per cent to 37.65 per cent.

"Our storages in the south of the state, which have been experiencing low levels, have received much-needed inflows which we expect to continue in coming days," a Sunwater spokesman said.

"EJ Beardmore Dam, near St George, reached full capacity (81,000ML) on Sunday and has been spilling excess water into downstream weirs and river systems.

"The dam was at 42.56 per cent capacity (34,772ML) on March 15 and Sunwater expects that inflows will provide more than 12 months' urban water supply to St George."


Inglewood's Coolmunda Dam received 46,000ML, rising from 15.95 per cent capacity to 82.83 per cent. Further inflows could see the dam reach full capacity by Thursday.

Outside Warwick, Leslie Dam increased from 11.5 per cent to 24.5 per cent capacity, receiving 14,000ML.

A spokesperson for Seqwater said Moogerah Dam in the Scenic Rim had been sitting on 12.9 per cent on Friday but had increased to 38.7 per cent by Wednesday morning.

However, the Lockyer Valley dams of Atkinson, Bill Gunn, and Clarendon, had not experienced significant increases.

This story No more carting water: Rain generates inflows into southern Qld dams first appeared on Queensland Country Life.