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We (apparently) have water!

By Thumper 30 September 2005 9

Recent rainfall, of which made the roads rather dangerous because they were under a foot or so of water, has apparently made its way into our previously ailing dams.

The combined levels of Bendora, Corin and Googong dams was 60.3 per cent of capacity yesterday, the highest since November 2002.

It is also a vast improvement on this time last year when the combined dam level was just below 48 per cent.

However, this is a combined figure so lets look at the individual figures which make interesting reading given that water is now being pumped into Googong.

Bendora is at 100% (Yes, read it again, 100%), Corin is at 93% and Googong, where the water is being pumped is a miserly 37%, which begs the question, did we need to spend that $25 million on the pumping?

One could be tempted to say yes, given that Googong is so low. But that overall figure of 60% tends to say that either it was a waste of money, or that Googong really is in the wrong spot.

Whatever the case, it would appear that our water restrictions could be eased.

Now, this begs the question, we appear to be doing quite well on the restrictions we have, therefore it would make sense to keep them in place until after summer, given that it does not rain a hell of a lot in summer in Canberra. This way we are sure to have even more water storage if predicted autumn rains eventuate.

Anyway, CT article is here:

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Thumper 2:17 pm 04 Oct 05


Mael and I were out there to do with work about 3-4 months ago.

It does look pretty bleak.

bulldog 1:16 pm 04 Oct 05

The rangers have opened one of the boat ramps at Googong and I went out with my fishing buddy to check it out on Sunday.

No fish, lots of weed, a hitful electric motor on the back and high winds contributed to making this a bit dull, but a good unwind none the less.

As for the water level; well let’s just say it’s a bit scary. We reckoned that the water level is still about 10 – 13 metres from the original boat ramp.

seepi 5:39 pm 01 Oct 05

Everyone I know is happy with Stage Two restrictions, from mad car fans (who can’t wash their pride + joy under Stage three), to keen gardeners. I see no need to go back to stage one either.

el 11:37 am 01 Oct 05

I’m sure we’ll still be paying the higher water usage rates regardless.

Thumper 11:04 am 01 Oct 05

Exactly Vic, one sparrow and all that stuff….

Keep the restrictions, wait for some more Spring rain, make it through summer and hope for some follow up rains in autumn.

If that happens then we should be looking at an easing of the restrictions.

As for the $25 million? Seems a bit of a waste now.

Vic Bitterman 7:50 pm 30 Sep 05

We should keep the current conservative water restrictions until dam levels get to say 80%.

Slinky the Shocker 4:13 pm 30 Sep 05

Erks…i’m an idiot, multiply by 1000: Googong= 124,500 ML Bendora= 10,700 ML

Slinky the Shocker 4:11 pm 30 Sep 05

The reason for the percentages is that Googong dam holds 124 ML, while Bendora holds 10 ML. I.e., 100% of Bendora is 8% of Googong.
Yoohoo…libertarians of this world, flush your toilets 50 times in a row, because you can. And look forward to Stage 1, when you can run the sprinklers all night, every night! Life will become free again…

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 2:27 pm 30 Sep 05

How odd…ActewAGL usually wait a week or so after the rain before declaring that it didn’t help…this time there must have been too much rain to pull the wool over our eyes.

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