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Your five showers a day now secured

By 25 October 2012 2

ACTEW Water have the happy news that the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline has been completed.

This means in an emergency we can outbid the farmers downriver for water allocations and suck it out of the Murray Darling system:

After just over 18 months the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline project is now complete. The project is part of ACTEW Water’s long term water security program, which will help ensure our city has the water it needs for the future. It involved the installation of 12 kilometres of underground pipe from the Murrumbidgee River to Burra Creek in NSW, from where the water will flow into Googong Reservoir for storage.

Several important innovations were developed during the project including the first use of 1 metre diameter Ductile Iron Cement Lined Pipe in Australia, a choice which allowed the pipe to be laid at a shallow depth, reducing its construction impact. The installation of specially designed fish egg filtration screens will help protect our precious water ways by ensuring that the invasive European Carp and Oriental Weather Loach eggs are not transferred into the Googong Catchment.

Bad luck Charlotte. But it does make one wonder what Katy Gallagher was turning on back in August.

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2 Responses to Your five showers a day now secured
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p12:34 pm, 25 Oct 12

It makes me wonder if the ACT has any agreements in place with Snowy Hydro to have them actually keep water in Tantangara Reservoir? Cause at the height (depths?) of the drought, Tantangara was sitting down at the level of the pipe that flows across to Lake Eucumbene. Next time we are getting to the end of a five or ten year drought (the sort of time we would be wanting that water security), it could be that Tantangara is sitting pretty low, while that would mean there is still some water to buy, what is there wouldn’t be nearly as good quality as if they left a bit more in it.

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maxblues3:40 am, 26 Oct 12

Johnboy, Canberra is so exciting…I need five cold showers a day.

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