Monthly Water Update

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North East Coast

September 2017 Summary

Rainfall was very much below average for 48% of the area, spread across the south and centre of the drainage division. Mean rainfall was 4 mm, 83% lower than the 1900 to 2016 mean of 23 mm for September.

Streamflows were average or lower than average for 88% of the sites, spread throughout the drainage division. Burdekin River at Hydro Site had the second highest streamflow for September since 1980. Tully River at Euramo and Mary River at Miva had the lowest streamflow for September since 1980. The low streamflow in Mary River at Miva is due to the low rainfall during the month.

Median streamflow salinities varied between 34 and 7242 microSiemens/cm. Streamflows were high quality or fresh for 73% of the sites and brackish for 17% of the sites. Dee River at Kenbula had the highest salinity of all sites.

During September, storage volumes decreased in 20 systems and remained stable in one. By the end of the month, the volume of water stored was 70% of the total accessible capacity, a decrease of 4% from 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 Less than 1%
Above average 6%
Average 17%
Below average 28%
Very much below average 47%
Lowest on record since 1900 1%

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