Corin at 100% as the Cotter Catchment exceeds capacity!

johnboy 29 September 2010 63

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

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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

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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.


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georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:06 am 17 Oct 10

Great photo, but isn’t that just overflow, given Corin, Bendora and Cotter are all 100% full? Total capacity should get toward 90% in the next few days as Googong continues to fill.

kakosi kakosi 10:49 pm 16 Oct 10

And just for those people who still think it wouldn’t rain enough to fill the tennant dam (the one they were supposed to build but didn’t). Massive water releases in the last few days from our dams: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jekabsons/5086161880/in/photostream/

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 7:48 am 13 Oct 10

Deckard said :

Captain RAAF said :

This east coast could be in flood (which I predict to happen in the next 12 months)

Queensland in flood, Check!

Don’t say I didn’t bloody well warn you!

NSW and VIC start levying up, because your time is coming! And just you watch, at the end of it, with dams at 100% and the countryside looking like a bathroom floor just after kids bath night, the Government will still be telling us to be careful, we can’t afford to be complacent now!!!

………………………right.

tamd tamd 11:34 pm 09 Oct 10

Well, how ridiculous can it get?

Canberra’s urban consumption after allowing for returns via stormwater and sewage is around 3% (yes, 3, not 30, not 50%) of average annual inflows. And now the lunatics want to cut us further. The reason the ACT has the boundaries it has was to GUARANTEE a reliable water supply to the National Capital and ensure we had a garden city which was worth living in, not some brown hole dump.

Instead our stupid ACT Government is betraying us and selling us down the river. Unless we rebel the ACT Government will continue giving away free of charge 97% of our water to evaporate in the saline mouth of the Murray… GREAT and what is Adelaide (not even IN the Basin) doing? Nothing.

The sooner people go and read the full reports and figures and rebel the better.

It rains all right but of course we will run out of water if the ACT Government and ACTEW

1. don’t build new dams as population grows and
2. insist on madly emptying the ones we have

They couldn’t do a better job of trashing this city than if they paid al-Qaeda to blow up the dams.. after all, dams you keep emptying may as well not be there.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 3:48 pm 08 Oct 10

Given that we’re used to 40-50% dam levels, and being careful with our water (well, householders at least), would it be possible to sell all the extra water to other, dryer jurisdictions?

What could we spend the money on?

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 9:53 am 05 Oct 10

pajs said :

In Canberra, it is not correct that the “average consumer” is responsible for “insignificant water use”. Household water consumption in Canberra was 55% of total water usage (2004-05 Water Account).

Yeah, your point is?

What percentage of the population of Canberra are ‘householders’?

Yet this huge majority only consume just a tad over half the water, leaving the miniscule industry and government to consume almost as much by themselves! There’s your water wasters, right there!

pajs pajs 9:30 am 05 Oct 10

In Canberra, it is not correct that the “average consumer” is responsible for “insignificant water use”. Household water consumption in Canberra was 55% of total water usage (2004-05 Water Account).

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 7:48 am 05 Oct 10

Deckard said :

Captain RAAF said :

This east coast could be in flood (which I predict to happen in the next 12 months) and the gummint will still be telling us to save water….it’s a con, wake up sheeple!

What are you a meteorologist now???

It’s all a bit selfish when dams were down to 40%.

40% is still a biblical amount of water Dickerd, everyone seems to think that once it breaks through the 50% barrier that we should all panic and start catching rain water in buckets, half emptying the goldfish tank, draining the pools etc.

You and I, the average consumer are responsible for insignificant water use yet we are the first fools who are expected to ‘cut back’, while industry and government piss it away like it’s going out of style.

Worry warts and doomsdayers are the reason why all the media hype issues like water and global warming get airplay. If you all just looked at the facts, like where’s our water going, who’s using it, why don’t we have more etc before hitting the panic button then the real truths would be revealed…unlike the half baked ones we see aired nowadays.

Deckard Deckard 7:56 pm 04 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

This east coast could be in flood (which I predict to happen in the next 12 months) and the gummint will still be telling us to save water….it’s a con, wake up sheeple!

What are you a meteorologist now???

It’s all a bit selfish when dams were down to 40%.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 4:41 pm 04 Oct 10

busgirl said :

Captain RAAF said :

Water restrictions are for fools! It falls from the sky FFS! It’s free, you pay tax that is used to hold onto it, use it!!! Just don’t waste it!

I don’t have very green grass but the spa is always full, my trees are always watered and my cars always cleanish. If I want to wash my pergola floor, I will, if I want to wash my windows, I will but only when they need it not for shitz and giggles.

This east coast could be in flood (which I predict to happen in the next 12 months) and the gummint will still be telling us to save water….it’s a con, wake up sheeple!

+5000

+10000

busgirl busgirl 1:45 pm 04 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

Water restrictions are for fools! It falls from the sky FFS! It’s free, you pay tax that is used to hold onto it, use it!!! Just don’t waste it!

I don’t have very green grass but the spa is always full, my trees are always watered and my cars always cleanish. If I want to wash my pergola floor, I will, if I want to wash my windows, I will but only when they need it not for shitz and giggles.

This east coast could be in flood (which I predict to happen in the next 12 months) and the gummint will still be telling us to save water….it’s a con, wake up sheeple!

+5000

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 11:17 am 04 Oct 10

Water restrictions are for fools! It falls from the sky FFS! It’s free, you pay tax that is used to hold onto it, use it!!! Just don’t waste it!

I don’t have very green grass but the spa is always full, my trees are always watered and my cars always cleanish. If I want to wash my pergola floor, I will, if I want to wash my windows, I will but only when they need it not for shitz and giggles.

This east coast could be in flood (which I predict to happen in the next 12 months) and the gummint will still be telling us to save water….it’s a con, wake up sheeple!

pajs pajs 1:27 pm 01 Oct 10

For people interested in seeing numbers on inflows into reservoirs for the ACT, see http://www.actew.com.au/WaterSecurity/Research/responding_to_climate_change.aspx

A couple of key points:
– historical average inflow 1871-1993, 208 GL/year
– average during the Federation Drought (1901-1914), 103 GL/year
– average between 1994 and 2006, 98 GL/year.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 12:48 pm 01 Oct 10

Always base your data on average inflows. Hey what could go wrong?

Now, now, chewy14, you can’t fault his logic. The trend line for rainfall since 1871 at the Q’beayn Bowls Club is flat. Well, unless you factor in the recent, very slight downturn – aka the worst drought in recorded history, which was strong enough to drag the trend line down since 1950 (or the entire 20th century, if you ignore the freak, off-the-chart drenching we got when the Nazis came to power, damn their secret weather technology).

chewy14 chewy14 12:02 pm 01 Oct 10

Wow, tamd. I can’t believe ACTEW haven’t hired you to solve all our water problems.

tamd’s Solution:

Build Tennant (or Cotter) dam 16 years ago. Costs haven’t increased at all in that time have they?

Average rainfall equals average inflow

Always base your data on average inflows. Hey what could go wrong?

Downstream rivers should be left to die. It’s natural.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:42 am 01 Oct 10

tamd said :

…Looks like market rorting anywhere else and makes Dick Pratt’s alleged price fixing look like a public benefaction.

Maybe South Australia is AMCOR and dobbed on the water users upstream so it could escape prosecution, even though the price fixing was their idea! Oops, looks like I went on a bit of tangent there.

tamd tamd 11:01 am 01 Oct 10

Rainfall in the region was recorded from 1870. It is a myth that is it has significantly changed and no one can, on the basis of the facts to date, argue that rainfall will diminish. In any case, if you believe the climate change theory, years ago CSIRO predicted global warming would increase rainfall in eastern Australia. All we can say far is no evidence of any change.

What is happending is the Government is forcing us to send our water (which we paid to store) downstream to water the gardens of Adelaide, help the ricefarmers en route or evaporate in Lake Alexandrina. They pay NOTHING for our water infrastructure.

I like South Australia but, please, why can’t we use some of the water first before sending it on its way?

And if it falls here who do we have to pay more then 10 times what irrigators downstream pay?

Looks like market rorting anywhere else and makes Dick Pratt’s alleged price fixing look like a public benefaction.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:52 am 01 Oct 10

Haha, yeah, I figured that, I was being a smart arse. 😛

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:38 am 01 Oct 10

tamd said :

1. ACT rainfall has not changed significantly since 1870 (a minor statistically insignificant increase)

I’m pleased to learn the rainfall of the ACT was being recorded some 40 years before it existed.

tamd tamd 9:24 am 01 Oct 10

Hello!

May I suggest people go and read some of the papers written on ACT water supply (such as the Future Water Options papers and earlier papers buried on the ACTEW website). The following are facts.

1. ACT rainfall has not changed significantly since 1870 (a minor statistically insignificant increase)

2. The ACT has enough water for a 1 million people even with 60% or so of inflows reserved as environmental flows

3. Water usage of 40 Gigs a year is less than 5% of average annual inflows.

4. The ACT dams were built to supply 450,000 people with no restrictions at 1960s per capita consumption levels.

5. Massive outflows have been allowed from the dams throughout the drought creating the crisis even though rivers would have run dry in the natural course of things anyway. We have created artificial Eurpoean rivers for the carp through the policy of emptying the dams.

6. Massive environmetal realease are still going on… and will be required even after new Cotter is built. Cotter will have to empty out about a seven of its storage capacity every year.

7. Actew around 1994 estimated a Tennent Dam could supply water at an operating cost around 9 cents per kl after a capital cost of $150 million. We are now paying FOUR DOLLARS PER KL! – and stuck with servicing twice over a capital cost of $1.5 BILLION!

OBSERVATIONS

1. ACTEW is a vicious monopoly which should be destroyed – its advertising and community grant patronage shield it from proper scrutiny.

2. The ACT Government are water racketeers and profiteers

3. People in Canberra have been well and truly duped and their goodwill abused by ACTEW and Govt.

4. There is no rational basis for water restrictions.

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