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Wivenhoe Dam reached its highest-ever level on January 11, 2011 – a day like no other for the main supplier of Brisbane’s drinking water.

On that fateful day, Seqwater, the manager of Wivenhoe and Somerset dams, was urgently juggling the rate of dam water releases to prevent a major flooding problem for Ipswich and Brisbane.

Water being released from Wivenhoe Dam on January 11, 2011. The dam reached its highest-ever level on this day.Credit:Photo by Neville Marsh, Seqwater, held by the State Library of Queensland.

Wivenhoe Dam on January 11, 2021.

Wivenhoe Dam on January 11, 2021.Credit:Tony Moore

Seqwater believed water was entering Wivenhoe Dam faster than it could be safely released and the integrity of the dam was…



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