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Vic Govt announces Melbourne to remain on stage 3a water restrictions until at least June 2008; dams at 39.6pc

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Melburnians would be allowed to continue watering their gardens after the Victorian Government yesterday announced the city would remain on stage 3a water restrictions until at least June next year, wrote Luke Fenney in The Australian (29/9/2007, p.4).

Reducing confusion: The announcement ended the previous system where restriction levels were determined by water storage levels. Water Minister Tim Holding said the change would reduce confusion about water restrictions for households. “It will … enable gardens to be watered and allow sport to continue throughout summer and autumn,” he said. He congratulated Victorians for reducing water consumption. “The community has responded well to water restrictions,” Holding said.

Dams still low: Average daily water use in 2006-07 was 303 litres a person a day down from 330L in 2005-06. However, dam storage was at 39.6 per cent capacity, well below the same time last year.

The Australian, 29/9/2007, p. 4

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