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ACT water supply plans

By johnboy - 27 March 2009 50

[First filed: March 25, 2009 @ 14:06]

Simon Corbell has announced his plans to end water restrictions, and we won’t even have to drink our wee.

    The ACT Government has given the green light to build the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline and buy water from Tantangara Reservoir improving Canberra’s water security for many years to come, Environment, Climate Change and Water Minister, Simon Corbell, announced today.

    Mr Corbell said the Government had made a decision this week enabling ACTEW to begin construction of the pump station and pipeline from Murrumbidgee, near Angle Crossing, to Googong Dam next year and to buy water from Tantangara when required.

    “These projects are in addition to the Government’s previous decision to enlarge the Cotter Dam. In these tough times, with an ongoing drought resulting in below average-level rainfall, it is essential the Government acts now to ensure adequate supply down the track,” he said

    Mr Corbell said the Government had also decided to defer a project to build a pilot water purification plant.

    “The Government has accepted ACTEW’s advice that the proposed water recycling project is feasible but can be deferred if the expanded Cotter Dam and Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline project proceed,” he said.

ACTEW have declared that they’re very happy with the announcement.

UPDATED: Simon Corbell has seen fit to rebut claims that there’s not enough water in Tantangara to make this work:

    “Currently the Tantangara Reservoir is at 6.2 per cent of its 254Gl capacity which is approximately 16Gl of water, but this is at the driest time of the seasonal cycle. The low seasonal level is dictatedby the level of the off-take pipe to Eucumbene Dam.”

    “The average annual intake to Tantangara is 301Gl. Spring traditionally sees an increase of inflows for the reservoir, following snow melt and increased rainfall. It is the seasonal flow that makes Tantangara reliable” Mr Corbell said.

Bear in mind a lot of the naysayers have a commercial interest in the criminally under-priced agricultural water which this scheme takes steps towards rectifying.

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ACT water supply plans
jakez 3:52 pm 25 Mar 09

Thumper said :

it is essential the Government acts now to ensure adequate supply down the track,

I had to laugh at this.

Now?

What’s so funny about it?

frontrow said :

Why are they enlarging the Cotter Dam? Isn’t that like putting a second condom in your wallet for a night out at Tilleys?

Perhaps they feel the clouds just haven’t met the right Government before?

peterh 3:44 pm 25 Mar 09

yeah, lets buy water from Tantangara Reservoir. probably could get far more if we:
drained the lakes (not completely – just enough to top up our dams) subsidised a water tank per household, and I bet it would be cheaper…

frontrow 3:25 pm 25 Mar 09

Why are they enlarging the Cotter Dam? Isn’t that like putting a second condom in your wallet for a night out at Tilleys?

Thumper 3:25 pm 25 Mar 09

it is essential the Government acts now to ensure adequate supply down the track,

I had to laugh at this.

Now?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:21 pm 25 Mar 09

Sweet. I hereby predict my front lawn will be lush by winter!

Primal 3:15 pm 25 Mar 09

So we’re buying in more water rather than reusing what we’ve got. Bring on the receycled tinkle!

johnboy 2:53 pm 25 Mar 09

Was clearly stated on the radio this morning.

chewy14 2:53 pm 25 Mar 09

up to 20GL per year.
Obviously will be dependent on how much water is actually needed.

http://www.actew.com.au/WaterSecurity/MajorProjects/murrumbidgee_googong.aspx

amarooresident2 2:48 pm 25 Mar 09

Press release doesn’t mention ending water restrictions.

Spectra 2:46 pm 25 Mar 09

“The Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline project is a major initiative that will deliver up to 20Gl of water to the ACT and help provide future water security to the ACT.”

Gotta love meaningless numbers. 20Gl per day? Per month? Per year? In its entire life? Help me out here, Jon.

chewy14 2:30 pm 25 Mar 09

That would be fine AG if we actually had scarcity pricing, which we don’t

Starscream @ work 2:24 pm 25 Mar 09

Becasue we should be sensible with our resources and setr good examples for our children and future generations. IMO

AG Canberra 2:23 pm 25 Mar 09

Why no restrictions?…because if I pay for it I should be able to decide how I use it.

AG Canberra 2:22 pm 25 Mar 09

No wonder ACTEWAGL are happy – they won’t have to convice us to drink our own wee. After trying to convince us that a power station over our back fence was a good thing I think they should stick to providing the goods not changing our minds.

Starscream @ work 2:20 pm 25 Mar 09

Thats all fine and good, but why not keep water retrictions anyway?

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