La Nina alert is issued on Queensland: What does it mean for you?

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There’s a prospect of an increased chance of more cyclones and floods for our state. The likelihood of La Nina weather pattern forming this year had increased to 70 per cent, which is three times the normal predicted pattern.

Previously when La Nina weather pattern was predicted, each time it became eastern Australia’s wettest winter-spring period. Read more about what makes the chances of La Nina greater here.

What usually happens when La Nina chances are higher? 
The presence of this weather pattern increases the chances of flooding during the summer months. Usually, this also means more cyclones with twice as many of them likely to make landfall, creating a greater risk of flooding, strong winds, high seas and heavy rains. 

While the alert has been issued, it is a great opportunity to prepare for the wet season. One of the best things you can do is to clean the clutter in your backyard, trim the trees, clean any dry or large branches that can get in the way, and install a water tank to take advantage of the predicted rainfall. Installing the water tank will help you preserve water and save on your water bills, which is a great advantage when it will come to the dryer weather season.

According to Brisbane City Council, generally, you don’t need to seek any developmental approval to install a rainwater tank, however, you many require plumbing approval for any internal connections like toilet flushing, cold water washing machine taps, or have it as back up water supply. For more details about the regulations, click here. 

There’re, however, some regulations of the size of the tank:

  • For the whole house usage, it is recommended to have a rainwater tank that’s a minimum 10,000 to 20,000 litres. 
  • For part house usage, somewhere between 2,000 to 5,000 litres will be enough to connect it to toilet flushing, washing machine taps and the garden. 

Whether you’re planning to supply your entire house with rainwater or park of your house, it is a great opportunity to save on water bills and take advantage of the predicted wet season. 

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