‘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 water consumption, the ACT has achieved a high level of water security that could last for the next 20 years,’ announced Senior Commissioner, Mr Malcolm Gray.
Simon Corbell has let his pleasure been known:
Commenting on the release of the ICRC’s draft report on secondary water use in the ACT, Mr Corbell said the findings were confirmation of the ACT Labor Government’s decision to invest significantly in water security projects and provide Canberrans with ongoing water security for decades to come.
“The enlarged Cotter Dam, Murumbidgee to Googong pipeline project and the purchase of water entitlements from the Tantangara Dam Catchment are all confirmed as prudent projects which will provide our community with a high level of water security for decades to come” Mr Corbell said.
“The report also confirms that the ACT Government’s 2023 target of a 25% reduction in per capita water consumption is likely to be met in 2013, well ahead of the target year.”
The ICRC Report concludes that the ACT community’s current water needs can most cost-effectively be met through the ACTEW primary water supply network.
The report finds that the Government should not undertake any further secondary water investments at this time, noting that the Inner North pilot stormwater reticulation trial, that utilises stormwater from constructed ponds to irrigate nearby parklands and playing fields, should continue and be fully evaluated.