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14pc less water in Canberra’s catchments than same time last year heading into spring; further restrictions possible

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

There was almost 14 per cent less water in Canberra’s catchments than there was at the same time last year heading into spring, reported The Canberra Times (1/9/2007, p.1).

Further restrictions possible: Actew had warned the increase in temperatures had already led to higher water consumption, which in turn could lead to further restrictions. The average high temperature during August was two degrees above the historic average of 13 degrees. The water held in Canberra’s catchments at Googong, Cotter and Corin Dam increased from 30.8 per cent of total capacity on June 15 to 42.5 per cent at end of August. But that was still a long way behind the amount of water that was held in the dams at the same time last year, when they were filled to 50.3 per cent of total capacity.

Average use in winter: Average consumption through­out winter was 97 megalitres per day, which was exactly the target set by Actew. Actew would analyse water con­sumption and storage levels in Canberra’s catchments to analyse whether further water restrictions were needed throughout spring.

The Canberra Times, 1/9/2007, p. 1

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