We’ve had average to good rainfalls over the past 6 months or so, but the publicised dam levels have been creeping up much more slowly than I’d expected in view of the good rains. It is still barely 55%.
Am I correct in assuming then that the reported dam levels are net of ‘environmental flows’ (i.e. the water which the Government releases from the dam system into the Murray-Darling system)? So with the better rains of late, is ACTEW taking the plug out of the dam system a little more frequently – increasing environmental releases – so dam levels are not rising as quickly as one might expect?
If so, what would dam levels be now if there had been no environmental water releases in 2010?