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Water use targets missed, targets reset.

By johnboy - 5 December 2008 14

ACTEW have sent word that with Canberra ignoring the existing water use targets they’re aiming up and lowering the bar.

    ““As a city, we need to aim for an average consumption of 139 megalitres (ML) per day between December and February,’ said ACTEW Managing Director Mark Sullivan.

    “This is up from the spring target of 112ML, which we were close to achieving over the last three months, despite some predominantly dry and warm weather. In fact the city used on average 120 ML per day this spring, slightly down from spring last year when we used 121 ML per day.”

With expectations set sufficiently low there’s no limit to how often the targets can be achieved!

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Water use targets missed, targets reset.
monomania 11:29 am 06 Dec 08

Anyway, how realistic were the targets in the first place. For years we have been beaten over the head with newspaper reports and now freeway signs about meeting them. The Government and ACTEW seem to be placing responsibility for their failure on us. I agree with restriction during water scarcity. Permanent reduction should come from education, not permanent restrictions. ACTEW is not beyond manipulating information to suit its purposes. 107GL is a lot of water to have in hand. Over 2 years consumption is more than Melbourne or Sydney. It doesn’t seem that Actew has been trying too hard over the second half of spring to get those storage figures up.

dexi 9:13 pm 05 Dec 08

Sure Jim you can run naked, we wont tell.

imarty 4:05 pm 05 Dec 08

Cool graph but.

Jim Jones 2:50 pm 05 Dec 08

Still not allowed to run naked through the sprinkler in the front yard then?

blueberry 2:24 pm 05 Dec 08

>Pretty standard I would have thought. Summer usage is bound to be higher than in spring…fair enough to re-think the targets.

Ditto, Thats just what i was thinking. Setting realistic targets for summer beacuse water use is always higher.

housebound 12:39 pm 05 Dec 08
AG Canberra 11:55 am 05 Dec 08

OK Canberra has 115 000 dwellings according to the ABS in 2006 – and if each of them are allocated 548 litres per day then that equals 63 million litres usage per day. (This “allocation” is based on domestic pricing – $1.85 per kl for the first 548 litres per day per three months – then $3.70 per kl…)

So this means that the “rest” of the city is currently using 76 million litres per day?

Where is the stick for non household users? We are constantly being told to cut down on household water use but clearly the major proportion of water use in Canberra is from non-household use….

housebound 11:51 am 05 Dec 08

You might be assuming a greater level of rational thought than actually exists at the planning level.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:36 am 05 Dec 08

do they take into consideration the 3 new suburbs that sprung up over the last year or so?

This is a very good point. The difficulty with the targets is also in working out what they really mean. Who’s use of water contributes – just ACT? What if the targets are missed? What about new humans and businesses in the area and their use?

Perhaps it would be better to set a per person target.

DawnDrifter 11:23 am 05 Dec 08

do they take into consideration the 3 new suburbs that sprung up over the last year or so?

if they have our water consumption is actually doing fairly well.. nearly the same consumption but with more households

Spectra 10:58 am 05 Dec 08

“predominantly dry weather”?
I thought we had the best spring rain in 3 years?

They’re both correct. The last 3 years have been absolute rubbish in terms of rainfall, and so while the 160mm we received was the best in that time, it’s still below the long term average over >180mm.

Spectra 10:55 am 05 Dec 08

Yep, these are exactly the same targets they set last summer, so there’s not really a story here. While it is technically “lowering” the bar, it’s probably more reasonable to see it as “appropriately adjusting the bar” to match what they consider achievable use for a given season under the present restrictions.

fnaah 10:50 am 05 Dec 08

“predominantly dry weather”?

I thought we had the best spring rain in 3 years?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/02/2435011.htm

justbands 10:45 am 05 Dec 08

Pretty standard I would have thought. Summer usage is bound to be higher than in spring…fair enough to re-think the targets.

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