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The Cotter Dam Enlargement – where will the Dam Wall stop, and what about the picnic area?

By Peter Holland 11 August 2008 42

I was watching the telly last night, and the ad for ACTEWAGL came on, talking about the need to increase the dam size. It takes a while to sink in with me, and I have watched this ad several times, but it only just made it through the “switch off – its an ad…”

Where will the dam wall end?

Will the picnic area remain, or will it be buried under the wall?

Important stuff – best place to go in summer, seems to remain fairly cool in summer at that spot, and I would hate to lose it to a dam.

As would my daughter – she has only just found the playground….

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Thumper 1:01 pm 13 Aug 08

““water” is loosely termed “anything that runs faster than dirt”, won’t be a problem for me.”

Like porridge.

RuffnReady 12:54 pm 13 Aug 08

peterh said :

whoops, came across this on the actew website….

http://www.actew.com.au/water2water/EnlargeCotterDam.aspx

explains as to how the cotter dam enlargement will be filled.

here is an excerpt:

“While a larger Cotter Dam will provide additional storage capacity, if water inflows to the ACT’s catchments continue at record low levels (down by almost 65 percent on average over the last six years, and 90 percent in 2006), there will be insufficient water to fill the dam.

Hence the need to consider topping up the Cotter reservoir with purified water in parallel with the Cotter Dam enlargement. These two projects combined would further enhance the security of the ACT’s water supply into the future.”

Mr Evil is right!

aaaah!

I wonder how that fits in with the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management plan, and specifically how much water Canberra can take out of the catchment/has to put back in? Our treated waste water currently flows straight back into the ‘Bidgee, so I’m betting that treated water is somehow not counted as part of the catchment, which would be a loophole that would allow the ACT to treat and recycle its water. Why is this important? Because it is unlikely that the ACT will ever be able to negotiate a bigger slice of the catchment’s supply given the myriad problems downstream.

As for those afraid of recycled water, or overwhelmed by the ‘yuck!’ factor, get over it. The technology is safe, proven, and used all over the world. I like peterh’s attitude: ““water” is loosely termed “anything that runs faster than dirt”, won’t be a problem for me.” lol

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