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Monthly Water Update

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North East Coast

December 2022 Summary

Rainfall was average or higher than average across 82 per cent of the area, spread throughout the drainage division. Total rainfall was 112 mm, 3 per cent higher than the long-term mean of 109 mm for December.

Streamflows were higher than average for 68 per cent of the sites, spread throughout the drainage division. Burdekin River at Hydro Site had the second highest streamflow for December since 1980.

Median streamflow salinity (electrical conductivity) varied between sites from 61 to 2 455 μS/cm. Streamflows were high quality for 61 per cent of the sites and brackish for 12 per cent of the sites. Dee River at Kenbula had the highest salinity of all sites.

During December, storage volumes increased in one system, decreased in nine and remained stable in 12. By the end of the month, the volume of water stored was 77 per cent of the total accessible capacity, which is 13 percentage points higher than the previous year.

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Streamflow salinity

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Water storages

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Rainfall statistics

Rainfall decile group Percentage of area
Highest on record since 1900 0%
Very much above average 5%
Above average 17%
Average 60%
Below average 17%
Very much below average 1%
Lowest on record since 1900 0%

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