Caloundra City’s current average water consumption is about 260 litres per person per day, with more pressure being placed on our water supply system as the population increases.
To help reach the South East Queensland Regional Plan’s water consumption target of 230 litres per person per day by 2020, we need to reduce the amount of water we use.
A reduction in water demand will reduce expenditure on water storage, treatment and distribution, and will also ultimately avert the need for new dams.
It makes social, economic and environmental sense to ensure sensible water usage becomes a habit for us all.
Caloundra City’s coastal area and railway town water supply is sourced from the Baroon Pocket Dam and its catchment area. In Maleny township, water is supplied from two weirs on Obi Obi Creek.
Water supply process for Caloundra City and railway towns
CalAqua supplies water to about 36,000 properties within the Coastal area, Maleny and railway towns.
Bulk water is supplied from AquaGen, who manage and treat water from Baroon Pocket Dam for consumption in the Caloundra City (except for Maleny township) and Maroochy City areas.
Water reaches Caloundra City taps through this process:
- intake tower in Baroon Pocket Dam draws out water, which flows through a tunnel to the eastern side of the Blackall Range. This tunnel is 2.5 metres wide and is around 2.5 kilometres long
- water then flows through a hydro-electricity generating plant and into the Lander Shute Water Treatment Plant where it is treated
- treated water is gravity fed and pumped through pipelines to reservoirs around Caloundra
- from the reservoirs, water is usually gravity fed through a system of pipes (called a reticulation system) to houses, schools and businesses
Although the water received at houses, schools and businesses has been treated to drinking water standards, less than 1% is actually used for drinking.
For more detail about Baroon Pocket Dam, the catchment and the treatment process visit the AquaGen website.
Water supply process for Maleny township
If you live within the Maleny township, your home will be connected to a town water supply system supplied from two weirs on Obi Obi Creek.
Water reaches Maleny township taps through this process:
- from the intake tower weir situated just upstream from the Maleny Showground, water is pumped to the Maleny Water Treatment Plant where it is treated
- treated water is pumped through a pipeline to a reservoir, which holds 2 megalitres
- water is then gravity fed from the reservoir through a reticulation system to houses, schools and businesses
Maleny’s upper weir is situated on King’s Lane and provides a back-up supply of 36.5 megalitres (36.5 million litres).
CalAqua maintains these water supply facilities:
- one treatment plant
- two weirs
- one ring tank (maintained operationally at Meridan Plains for emergency use)
Ewen Maddock Dam, which previously supplied raw water to Caloundra treatment plant, is not currently in use.
CalAqua is also responsible for:
- 13 water pumping stations
- 19 reservoirs
- 710 kilometres of water mains
- about 32,000 metered water services
Understanding your water meter will not only help make you aware of how much water you are using and how much you will be likely to pay, but it will also help you to detect if there are any leaks in your system.
Water meter breaks and leaks
Council encourages residents to periodically check their water meter reading and note their consumption.
Checking your meter will help to identify any problems or faults with your meter, such as leaks or water pipe failure.
Where the property is vacant for undetermined periods of time, Council suggests turning the water off at the main path tap.
Who to contact
If your water meter is broken or leaking on the footpath/road side of the water meter box, contact Council who will repair it.
If a break or leak occurs on the property side of the water meter box, repairs are the property owner’s responsibility and you should contact a certified plumber immediately.
Testing for water meter leaks
If you think your water meter may be leaking, you can do a quick test to determine where the leak is occurring.
- Turn off all taps are ensure no water is being used (including washing machines, dishwasher, ice manufacturing fridges, etc)
- Look at the meter. If the meter is still is ticking over this means that the leak is an internal leak and you will need to contact a certified plumber. If the meter is not ticking over, you should contact Council on (07) 5420 8200 as soon as possible.
For more information, see the Water Meters fact sheet.