Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Recruiting experts in
Accountancy & Finance

Corin at 100% as the Cotter Catchment exceeds capacity!

By johnboy - 29 September 2010 63

[First filed: Sep 28, 2010 @ 15:49]

dam levels

Good news water watchers! ACTEW’s Dam Level page shows all three dams on the cotter river now 100% full while Googong at 65% full gives the ACT’s water storage at 79.4% of capacity and climbing!

Now will we maintain water restrictions if the system hits capacity?

If the dams overflow

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

UPDATE: Spring Cleaning exemptions have been announced.

Spring Cleaning Exemption – What is allowed?

A general exemption exists during the period 2 to 17 October 2010 to allow potable water to be used to clean windows, buildings and paved areas where such cleaning would not otherwise be permissible under Stage 2 Water Restrictions.

Paved areas, windows and buildings may be washed at any time during the period 2 to 17 October 2010 by using a bucket and mop/brush or a high-pressure low volume cleaner.

Note :
– Where washing is necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency, such cleaning may be undertaken at any time using the most appropriate method.
– All applicable laws must be complied with when discharging substances into the storm water system.

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
63 Responses to
Corin at 100% as the Cotter Catchment exceeds capacity!
dtc 9:18 pm 28 Sep 10

Chaz said :

let’s have a looksee at the aussie constitution

when the Commonwealth gets around to imposing water restrictions on you (rather than the state, or state ‘equivalent’ in our case) you can be the first in line to the High Court.

How much irrigation water is taken from our rivers? And how much water are ‘we’ letting through our dams – is the ACT keeping everything and not letting much through? I presume the snow melt is still to come, at least in part, so there should be plenty of water around for everyone.

Chaz 8:54 pm 28 Sep 10

let’s have a looksee at the aussie constitution

Nor abridge right to use water
100. The Commonwealth shall not, by any law or regulation of trade or commerce, abridge the right of a State or of the residents therein to the reasonable use of the waters of rivers for conservation or irrigation.

with that said. my garden looks wonderful 🙂

Tool 8:25 pm 28 Sep 10

Now that the water is so plentiful I am sure the electricity prices will revert back to what they were like before the drought price hike right? Because the cost of electricity would have reduced proportionately according to their reason for the rise right?

thatsnotme 8:11 pm 28 Sep 10

Umm, while I’m as excited as anyone to see that our water supply is actually looking healthy for a change, I can’t help but wonder how the Cotter Dam being 89.7% full according to ACTEW translates to all three Cotter River dams being 100% full?

Semantics aside though, maintaining some water restrictions permanently is the only way to go. Just look at the 5 year graph on the ACTEW site, and look at what happened in 18 months from 2006 to mid 2007 – from around 70%, to below 30% (very rough figures taken from a pretty sketchy graph there!) Here’s hoping that this time, even if the rain drops off again, the fact people are used to water restrictions works in our favour and we don’t see such a dramatic fall.

JC 6:06 pm 28 Sep 10

Freddyp said :

It broke my heart to see my beautiful, lush green lawn reduced to dirt and weeds during the drought, but I’m damned if I’ll ever rehabilitate it. There’s nothing more certain than that the drought will be back – all this rain is an anomaly in a long-term pattern.

Wind back the restrictions a notch, sure, but don’t imagine that the wind-back will be permanent – at least until we get the new Cotter dam built.

I really do like being able to wash my car, though!

Why do we need to wait for the new cotter dam? Have a look through the historical useage data on ACTEW’s website and you will see that even if we had NO rain what so ever and used water at the high levels we did back in the late 90’s that we already have enough water to last 3 years. Now be realistic and add in the average yearly rain fall of the last 10 years and you could safely assume we could go a good 10 years before getting too worried.

The key is to not go stupid, but to use water wisely.

PM 6:02 pm 28 Sep 10

Plenty of dams downstream yet…

JC 5:59 pm 28 Sep 10

Gerry-Built said :

I am pretty sure it was mooted several years ago that we’d never be going back to the “ways of old”… I think that’s a good thing. Responsible water usage is good practice. Well, that and a Slip and Slide…

Correct it has been enacted in legislation and is called permanent water conservation measures. Really all it does is reinforce common sesne and this is what we should be on now.

http://www.actew.com.au/SaveWaterForLife/permanent_water_conservation_measures.aspx

nhand42 5:44 pm 28 Sep 10

Freddyp said :

It broke my heart to see my beautiful, lush green lawn reduced to dirt and weeds during the drought, but I’m damned if I’ll ever rehabilitate it. There’s nothing more certain than that the drought will be back – all this rain is an anomaly in a long-term pattern.

Cover the dead lawn in weed mats, a few cubics of dirt, some quality chip, and plant flax and natives.

I did that 10 years ago and I never needed to water my “lawn” since. I just need to water my plants once a week.

Gerry-Built 5:39 pm 28 Sep 10

I am pretty sure it was mooted several years ago that we’d never be going back to the “ways of old”… I think that’s a good thing. Responsible water usage is good practice. Well, that and a Slip and Slide…

Freddyp 5:10 pm 28 Sep 10

It broke my heart to see my beautiful, lush green lawn reduced to dirt and weeds during the drought, but I’m damned if I’ll ever rehabilitate it. There’s nothing more certain than that the drought will be back – all this rain is an anomaly in a long-term pattern.

Wind back the restrictions a notch, sure, but don’t imagine that the wind-back will be permanent – at least until we get the new Cotter dam built.

I really do like being able to wash my car, though!

Inappropriate 5:05 pm 28 Sep 10

Well I be damned…

I don’t think we’ll ever see water restrictions go away, which isn’t a bad thing as I think we need to learn to be more conservative with our diminishing resources.

davesact 5:03 pm 28 Sep 10

Perhaps the local ovals could get a regular sprinkle now and then now.

p1 4:57 pm 28 Sep 10

nhand42 said :

Where’s the option “I should be allowed to water my garden, but not the lawn or the driveway”?

+1

I’m all for a level where I can water productive things (fruit, vegies) as much as I want.

nhand42 4:42 pm 28 Sep 10

Where’s the option “I should be allowed to water my garden, but not the lawn or the driveway”?

JC 4:34 pm 28 Sep 10

I would be happy if we were allowed to go to level 1, which allows freedom to actually have a garden and lawn, whilst maintaining some restrictions on people watering during the day.

The way it is at the moment the city looks crap, time we all got some pride back into our places.

One thing I am curious about though is I had thought ACTEW built a pipe line from the Cotter river dams to Googong in the mid 2000’s (as opposed to the planned pipe from the Murrumbidgee). If they did then it appears as if they haven’t used it, otherwise you would expect Googong to be slowly rising.

1 2 3 5

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site