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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).

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Posted in ACT, Water Week Vol 0415 | Leave a Comment »

9 October: bogong bomb: fire alarm set off by bogong moths after they flew in the path of a laser beam at Parliament House in Canberra

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

A Fire alarm at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday may have been set off by bogong moths alter they flew in the path of a laser beam, reported The Daily Telegraph (10/10/2007, p.3).

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Posted in ACT, Security, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

October emergency: dry, hot Murray Darling: no irrigation water, maybe no town or stock water, either – crisis conditions extend, levels lower than 1957

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

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Storages lowest since 1957: At September 30, the total volume of water stored in River Murray System storages was 2130 GL (23 per cent ), which is the lowest for this time of year since 1957, before the construction of Dartmouth Reservoir and Menindee Lakes storage, and the expansion of Hume Dam. At this time last year storage totalled 3350 GL. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in ACT, agriculture, Allocations, australia, Drought, Emergency, Murray Darling Basin, nsw, Policy, Rainfall, River Murray, SA, Salinity, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

ACT: Capital braces to receive up to 100 severe storms; expected to hit NSW and the ACT between October and March; emergency services urge residents to clean out their gutters “well in advance”

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Sonya Neufeld, in The Canberra Times, (25/09/2007, p.1), Canberrans were being urged to be prepared for up to 100 severe storms, which could include driving hail, cause flash flooding and would have enough force to lift roofs.

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Posted in ACT, Emergency, nsw, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

ACT: Average water bill for households may jump by about $130 a year if price increases sought by Actew Corporation are approved; seeks permission to pump water to Googong dam at a cost of $70m

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Graham Downie, The Canberra Times, (26/09/2007, p.1), the water bill for an average ACT household may jump by about $130 a year, $90 for consumption and $40 for waste water services, if price increases of 10 per cent for water and 9 per cent for waste water services sought by Actew Corporation in its submission to the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission were approved.

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Posted in ACT, Price, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Canberra may be hit by bushfires, on same scale as 2003 inferno, every eight years by 2050, says CSIRO climate-change study

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

Canberra could be hit by catastrophic bushfires on the same scale as the 2003 inferno every eight years by 2050, according to a new study on the impacts of climate change, reported The Canberra Times (27/9/2007, p.3).

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Posted in ACT, Climate, Fire, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

New theory explains strange events during 2003 Canberra fires: changes in pressure create shock waves, lead to explosions

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Canberra firestorm that ravaged Australia’s capital in January 2003 surprised everyone, reported New Scientist (4/8/2007, p38).

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Posted in ACT, Fire, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »