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Water consumption off the hook as inflows hit record lows

By johnboy - 24 March 2009 126

The thing the surprises me most about Canberra’s water use is that it’s taken so very long for the public to become totally fatigued by the perpetual emergency.

It has to be a little disappointing to our Power and Water overlords to see their decree of 1 March, that we collectively lower water use to 112 megalitres per day, has been met with near complete indifference. Yesterday water use surged to 171.9 megalitres.

To make matters worse the ABC informs us that inflows are at record lows.

Dam levels, however, are still at 46% (well up from the scary lows of mid 2007) so no plans to announce new water restrictions.

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deye 2:19 pm 25 Apr 09

I keep forgetting to write a reply to this, however I’ve just found an easier way.

This letter from the Geologic Science Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences sums up my thoughts much better than I can.

ant 10:08 am 31 Mar 09

Thsi incoming easterly weather might help the mountain totals a bit. From what I can see, it’s forcasted to nudge the towns on the western side of the range, so the Brindies should get something. Googong might do better though, this time.

However, there’s a “classic” westerly system heading in early next week, bringing cold weather (maybe even snow) and the brindies should cop the lion’s share of that.

chewy14 9:00 am 31 Mar 09

welkin31 said :

It all look to me like deliberate managing of dam levels to keep them in a zone where water prices can be kept high and even higher.

Why would Actew want to sell less of its product when prices are fixed for five years by a regulator?

deye 12:18 am 31 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Don’t forget, deye – I’m waiting.

You have nothing better to do on a Friday night and a weekend than to wait around to argue on the internet ? that’s a little depressing.

I’ll answer when I’m ready, been doing some reading.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:22 pm 27 Mar 09

That’s what science is all about, Ralph – asking questions. My position on global warming is clear – as I mentioned above, my cards are on the table. Now it’s deye’s turn.

If you’d like to queue jump, though, I’ll happily shoot you down first. Your ‘lagging indicator’ claim is another intellectual furphy used by non-scientists to further the ‘debate’ about climate. Go read this. I also note that lagging is entirely irrelevant to my question – what’s causing all the CO2? Perhaps you could enlighten me? (I put in that last bit so you could make a cynical remark rather than actually answering the question. I don’t want to make your life harder than it already is.)

Nice talking to you again Ralph.

Ralph 8:53 pm 27 Mar 09

So – what IS causing the rise in CO2 that hasn’t happened in over 720,000 years? Why won’t it the rise be couple with temperature like it has for the past 720,000 years?

I think you’ll find Woody, that the historical records show that CO2 is a lagging indicator. Temperatures rise first.

Instead of sitting around asking questions, why don’t you actually contribute something constructive? You haven’t so far.


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