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Katy flicks the switch on the Googong pipeline

By johnboy - 24 August 2012 9

katy flicks the switch

ACTEW’s Mark Sullivan has tweeted the big moment where Chief Minister Gallagher turned on the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline.

It’s a big deal because, on top of antagonising nutters along the route of the pipeline, we’re now able to buy water out of the Snowy Mountain scheme to fill our reservoirs should the need arise.

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Katy flicks the switch on the Googong pipeline
ma7trlb 6:15 pm 24 Aug 12

davo101 said :

NOTE: We’ve reached the point in this discussion where my employer’s social media policy requires me to remind everyone that these are my opinions and not those of my employer.

ah, so trolling then…

chewy14 4:50 pm 24 Aug 12

Davo,
the ACT should be able to purchase the water because using it as drinking water means we can afford to pay much more for it. The licences shouldn’t be a problem.

Do you have a specific reason for thinking that Snowy or the NSW government wouldn’t do a deal on this? I thought it would be fairly straightforward.

davo101 4:11 pm 24 Aug 12

ma7trlb said :

http://www.actew.com.au/Our%20Projects/Tantangara%20Transfer.aspx

Yes, and where exactly in that document does it say they have negotiated an arrangement?

Mark of Sydney said :

All they have to do is release water from the Tantangara Reservoir

Yes, once you’ve negotiated a deal with Snowy.

Mark of Sydney said :

and let it flow down hill

and NSW.

Mark of Sydney said :

The means of distribution in a catchment water market is the same as in an electricity market. When you buy power from an electricity generator, they just dump it into the system and you take out the amount you’ve paid for at your end.

Not really.

NOTE: We’ve reached the point in this discussion where my employer’s social media policy requires me to remind everyone that these are my opinions and not those of my employer.

Mark of Sydney 3:45 pm 24 Aug 12

davo101, I don’t know whether the ACT has an agreement yet to buy water from the Snowy scheme, but with the pipeline now operating the means to get the water is now in place. All they have to do is release water from the Tantangara Reservoir and let it flow down hill. The means of distribution in a catchment water market is the same as in an electricity market. When you buy power from an electricity generator, they just dump it into the system and you take out the amount you’ve paid for at your end.

ma7trlb 3:31 pm 24 Aug 12

davo101 said :

So you’re claiming that they have managed to negotiate an arrangement with Snowy and NSW, that is news. Don’t suppose you have a citation for that?

http://www.actew.com.au/Our%20Projects/Tantangara%20Transfer.aspx

davo101 3:19 pm 24 Aug 12

c_c said :

You should probably do some reading on the subject, the how to get it and the how much we’re going to get are already well established.

So you’re claiming that they have managed to negotiate an arrangement with Snowy and NSW, that is news. Don’t suppose you have a citation for that?

c_c 2:51 pm 24 Aug 12

davo101 said :

I think that day may be a long way down the road. The main purpose of this is to harvest water from the Murrumbidgee which increases the overall yield of the ACT system. Buying water from the Snowy is going to require figuring out how to get the water here. The losses in the river are going to be quite high in a drought situation and there is the little problem of having the NSW pumpers sucking up the water before it gets here.

You should probably do some reading on the subject, the how to get it and the how much we’re going to get are already well established.

davo101 2:47 pm 24 Aug 12

PS:

In this day and age wouldn’t there be an app on your smart phone to turn a pump on?

(I’ll leave the computer related risk as a homework exercise).

davo101 2:43 pm 24 Aug 12

we’re now able to buy water out of the Snowy Mountain scheme to fill our reservoirs should the need arise

I think that day may be a long way down the road. The main purpose of this is to harvest water from the Murrumbidgee which increases the overall yield of the ACT system. Buying water from the Snowy is going to require figuring out how to get the water here. The losses in the river are going to be quite high in a drought situation and there is the little problem of having the NSW pumpers sucking up the water before it gets here.

Anyway, given this and the new Cotter Dam I think we’ll be looking OK for quite awhile (provided the more extreme drying forecasts don’t eventuate).

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