Monthly Water Update

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North East Coast

July 2019 Summary

Rainfall was average or higher than average for 74 per cent of area across the drainage division. Mean rainfall was 24 mm, 14 per cent lower than the long-term mean of 28 mm for July.

Streamflow was average or higher than average for 71 per cent of the sites spread across the drainage division. Daintree River at Bairds and Cape River at Pentland had the second highest streamflows for July since 1980. Calliope River at Castlehope had the lowest streamflow for July since 1980.

Median streamflow salinity (electrical conductivity) varied between sites from 30 to 10782 μS/cm. Streamflow was fresh or better quality for 81 per cent of the sites and brackish for six per cent of the sites. Dee River at Kenbula had the highest salinity of all sites.

During July, the total accessible volumes increased in one storage system, decreased in 14 and remained stable in seven. By the end of the month, the volume of water stored was 69 per cent of the total accessible capacity, a decrease of six per cent from the same time last year.

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Rainfall

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Streamflow

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Streamflow salinity

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Water storages

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Rainfall

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Rainfall statistics

Rainfall decile group Percentage of area
Highest on record since 1900 Less than 1%
Very much above average 7%
Above average 26%
Average 41%
Below average 23%
Very much below average 3%
Lowest on record since 1900 Less than 1%

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