[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.