Tag Archives: water

More water in storage than ever before

By 8 October 2013

Actew Water are celebrating their full or filling reservoirs:
The ACT is now storing more water than ever before.
Just a few days before ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher launches the new Cotter Dam its storage levels are now more than 5 times the volume of the original dam. Across the catchment our dams are breaking records. [...]

ACTEW goes to DRS

By 28 September 2013

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced the ACTEW Corporation is unhappy with the recent decision on water and sewerage prices and has asked for a different decision.
They’re now going to conduct a review.

Don’t panic on water storage levels

By 30 August 2013

Actew Water are getting in early to point out they’ve added the capacity of the new Cotter Dam into their measuring mix.
This means the percentage of water help versus capacity is now lower.
But we haven’t lost more water, just gained more glass to be half full.
Canberra customers could be forgiven for thinking that [...]

Water sensitive urban design review

By 22 August 2013

Simon Corbell is trying to drum up enthusiasm for a review of water-related development decisions:
“The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will undertake the inquiry into the 40% reduction in water usage in new developments and refurbishments/extensions. The review is a key component of the Water for the future – striking the balance which is the [...]

Your thoughts wanted on Canberra’s water plan


Simon Corbell is optimistically hoping that anyone in 50 years time will remember he ever lived, let alone care what he, or we, thought about water supply.
Water for the future – striking the balance: Draft ACT Water Strategy 2013 is a long term strategic vision for water management across the ACT and wider region. [...]

Where did all ACTEW’s money go?

By 1 July 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is wanting to know how things have gone so horribly wrong for the very well remunerated executives at ACTEW?
“Last week, Canberrans learnt that they will be paying 5 per cent more for their water to keep ACTEW afloat, as opposed to enjoying a 16.9 per cent decrease in their water bills [...]

Water price cuts and rises


Andrew Barr is applauding the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s revised thinking on water prices:
Today’s announcement by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) means that Canberra’s water prices will continue to compare favourably to other mainland capital cities, while not undermining the considerable efforts and gains that have been made to date in [...]

Here in Götterdämmerung* there’s nothing Katy won’t sign with Julia

By 7 June 2013

Katy and Simon have let it be known that the ACT is all signed up to the Murray Darling Basin Agreement:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced that the ACT has signed the Murray Darling Basin Agreement which will help secure the future of the Murray-Darling [...]

Old Cotter Dam hears the mermaids singing


ACTEW Water has posted a series of pictures as the new Cotter Dam fills up and the old dam wall disappears beneath the waters:
The original dam was built in 1915, and the reliable river it is built on, the Cotter, was instrumental in the decision to place the National Capital where it is today.
The [...]

Water prices coming down

By 26 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has proposed a reduction in water prices in the wake of its draft report on regulated water and sewerage services:
If the prices proposed in this review were to come into effect, volumetric water prices would drop by about 17 per cent and sewerage services prices by about 24 [...]

Enlarged Cotter Dam starts to fill

By 25 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACTEW Water have announced they’re closing the diversion on the Cotter Dam construction site which means the new dam will start to fill and the old wall is going under.
ACTEW Water’s new Enlarged Cotter Dam will begin impounding water from today.
While this milestone will be welcomed by our previously drought-threatened community, it will mean [...]

Rare blackfish make it all the way to the Stromlo water works

By 14 February 2013

ACTEW Water have the cute story of two rare fish making the long an unexpected journey from Bendora to Stromlo:
A rare two-spined Blackfish, which employees from ACTEW Water’s Environment Team have appropriately nicknamed Nemo, will today return home.
The little fish made an epic journey from the Bendora Dam down miles of raw water pipes to [...]

Cotter Dam Expansion drawing to a close

By 18 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Actew Water have announced the last roller compacted concrete has been laid on the expanded Cotter Dam.
Canberra’s great wall, the Enlarged Cotter Dam is nearing completion, with the final load of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) laid in the early hours of Saturday morning.
This is a significant milestone for the ACT and Queanbeyan community who will [...]

Canberra’s water secured under the Murray Darling Basin Plan

By 23 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell is celebrating what he sees as a big win for Canberra’s water security under yesterday’s Murray Darling Basin Plan:
“The final plan shows that Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDL’s) will not be reduced from 40.5GL to 29GL as was proposed in an earlier draft plan, and this means that Canberrans will continue to enjoy water [...]

NCA finally does something useful

By 15 October 2012

The NCA now has a website ( where people can check LBG water quality, alerts and closures.  This site may have been around for a while but I have just found it.
The data looks OK, although I often walk around East Basin which supposedly has very low algae concentrations (only 20 cells/mL, compared with Black [...]

How much more are you willing to pay for water?

By 13 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has released a discussion paper on water prices.
• The most significant factor that could affect prices and bills in the next regulatory period would be recovering the revenue shortfall over a five-year period, which would increase prices in 2013–14 by 37 per cent and the bulk of customer bills [...]

Secondary water is crap says the ICRC

By 27 August 2012

Today the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has run the numbers on secondary water systems (rainwater tanks, wetlands etc) and come to the same conclusion reached over a century ago, that they don’t make any sense if your primary water system is functional.
Because of this level of security, there is little immediate value to the [...]

Katy flicks the switch on the Googong pipeline

By 24 August 2012

ACTEW’s Mark Sullivan has tweeted the big moment where Chief Minister Gallagher turned on the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline.
It’s a big deal because, on top of antagonising nutters along the route of the pipeline, we’re now able to buy water out of the Snowy Mountain scheme to fill our reservoirs should the need arise.
Exciting day [...]

$2.5 million to set up Actew Water

By 20 July 2012

The ABC reports on the bill to hand water services back from ActewAGL to Actew Water in an increasingly complicated dance which one can only hope is leading to electricity privatisation (otherwise the whole thing has been insane).
On July 1, Actew Water assumed direct responsibility for the management and operation of the water and sewage [...]

Water Security for 20 years


The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced the release of its draft report on Secondary water use in the ACT and has declared:
‘The ACT has now emerged from one of its worst droughts on record. Based on the major investments that are underway currently and the actions of the ACT community in reducing their [...]

Cotter Dam overspill cost $17 million


ACTEW have made a statement on the impacts of the floods on the Enlarged Cotter Dam construction site which so spectacularly overflowed at the start of March.
Basically work is going to start again on 5 May, much earlier than anticipated and the whole business has cost ACTEW $17 million of which they’re insured for roughly [...]

Brown water in Franklin and Mitchell

By 25 April 2012

ActewAGL customers in Franklin and Mitchell may experience some discolouration of the water supply from Thursday 26 April 2012 until Saturday 28 April 2012 due to essential maintenance to the water network.
It is difficult to predict which properties the discoloured water may reach, however the discolouration will clear with normal water use.
If the discolouration is [...]

Cotter Dam goes back to work

By 10 April 2012

ACTEW have the good news that things aren’t as bad as feared on the flooded Cotter Dam Expansion and they’re going to be back to laying concrete next month:
We now expect to be placing concrete again for the new wall in May rather than in August, as earlier thought. This is a great result and [...]

Flooding on the Enlarged Cotter Dam. Actew video


Actew’s movie makers have been busy with the footage from the flood event and now there’s five minutes of aquatic goodness which the ACT’s paying for one way or another.
They posted it with this note:
The extraordinary rainfall and flooding at the beginning of March 2012 has had a signifcant impact at the Enlarged Cotter Dam [...]

New look Lake George. Images from around Canberra


Devil_n_Disquiz has sent in this picture of water and windmills at Lake George.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to .

Cotter Dam flooding hides the underlying cost blowout

By 27 March 2012

The ABC are crunching the numbers out at the Cotter Dam Expansion.
The budget for the Cotter dam enlargement project is set to blow out to more than $400 million.
The ACT Government has revealed the cost of the project rose by $33.5 million to almost $379 million, before floodwaters inundated the construction site earlier this [...]

The aquatic GDE?

By 21 March 2012

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is asking some hard questions about what’s going on at the Cotter Dam expanstion:
Today it has been revealed that $315.7 million has already been spent on the Cotter Dam, before the impacts of the March floods are even taken into account. ACT Shadow Nature Conservation and Water Minister Vicki Dunne [...]

ICRC wants to hear from you on water security and price

By 23 February 2012

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has issued a discussion paper as they mull over what to do with the price of water in an ACT now awash with water (which means drought cannot be far away)
As I write now, I can record that the drought that resulted in reduced inflows to the dams and [...]

‘Hot water’? in Civic? bubblers a bottled water plot?

By 6 January 2012

While i am currently away from our “beloved” city. Social networking keeps telling me that
“They’ve heated the tap and fountain water at civic center in order to bolster sales of bottle water. ”
In reference to both DFO and Canberra centre, from my understanding its been quite hot so hot water in the pipes makes sense [...]

Greens saddened by lack self-flagellation in Murray Darling Basin plan

By 28 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Following from this morning’s unveilling of another draft Murray Darling Basin plan the Greens Shane Rattenbury is notably miffed that there are no painful lifestyle adjustments required by the people of Canberra.
But fear not, Shane has a plan for inflicting more pain on ourselves so we may feel righteous:
“People in Canberra want to help save [...]

A new Murray Darling Basin water plan to burn angrily

By 28 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has bravely published a new draft plan on water use in our part of the world.
“Our plan is flexible and will allow us to monitor and adapt. It’s a plan that will achieve important environmental objectives and is a pathway forward that allows us all to continue to learn [...]

ICRC wants your thoughts on recycled water

By 23 November 2011

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has put out an issues paper asking for your thoughts on recycled water in the ACT and how it should be used.
To get everyone on the same page they’ve also produced a context paper.
Submissions can be sent to before 5pm, 20 December 2011.

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