Although there were different views, the majority favoured a threshold of 50 megalitres
At 660 000 megalitres
(ML) capacity and inundating 7600 hectares when complete, the Traveston Crossing Dam is being hailed by Premier Peter Beattie as an essential weapon in the battle against the state's worsening water shortage crisis.
The immediate local questions about flood maps and the impacts on properties and livelihoods were unsurprising, but the joint Ministerial Media Statement added only information of a techno-managerial nature with the comment that the dam's 'projected storage capacity' was estimated at 660,000 megalitres
, possibly_ covering an area of 7,600 hectares, and intended to 'boost Queensland's water supply system'.
Regulator Ofwat has the power to fine firms that fail to meet leakage targets - with potential penalties up to 10 per cent of their turnover - but the North West Water owner said it met its 2010/11 benchmark of 464 megalitres
The plant is expected to generate up to 16 megalitres
of water per day and will provide sufficient water to meet the medium- and long-term needs of the mine.
About 170,000 megalitres
is now gushing out of Wivenhoe Dam in to the river.
Around an extra 250 megalitres
are being pumped into the system every day, Northern Ireland Water said today, but most of it is being lost in leakages from burst pipes.
On Tuesday, due to water lost through bursts on the network, Welsh Water added around 920 megalitres
per day into its supply.
CubicQED CEO, Mr David McMurran, says the minimum-scale commercial plant will initially cover three hectares, with 15 ponds containing 15 megalitres
of water producing a minimum of 1.
Regarding his work at United Utilities, he says: "When you consider that we have 350 megalitres
of sewage a day flowing through the treatment works, it is essential that it continues to operate efficiently in order to ensure the Mersey stays clean.
However companies still leaked 3,291 megalitres
of water a day - enough to fill the bowl of the new Wembley stadium almost three times every 24 hours.
Mr Edis said the company had reported an estimated 340 megalitres
per day of water loss while the true figure was 514 megalitres