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RAIN BUT NO WATER STORAGE July 22, 2006

Posted by wmmbb in Category to be ascribed.
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It always seems to be the case that we get rain, and then are told that it has not fallen in the dam catchment areas, so the water restrictions continue. I have often commented that we should move the dams and the catchment areas, which I suppose means in practice that we all get water tanks. I have not done anything about this proposal, other than to think it a good idea.

The situation is reported by ABC Illawarra on Friday, 21 July 2006:

Recent rain across the Illawarra region has done little to boost dam levels. In the past few days, 15 to 20 millimetres of rain has fallen in the Illawarra catchment area.

Alison White from the Sydney Catchment Authority says while the rain has stabilised dam storage levels, residents still need to monitor their water use. “Avon Dam this week is sitting at 33.4 per cent of capacity, that’s down 0.3 of 1 per cent since last week, and Nepean Dam, which is linked to Avon Dam via a tunnel, is sitting at 69 per cent of capacity and it’s gone up 0.5 of 1 per cent since last week,” she said.

Meanwhile, level one water restrictions are being lifted across the Shoalhaven today, after significant rainfall over the past month. The city has been on the water restrictions since May 15.

The acting director of Shoalhaven Water, Bill Tomkinson, says council’s drought management team met on Monday and decided the Shoalhaven’s water supply is in a very healthy condition. “We’ve had very good rains on the coast, well above 30 per cent above average, we’ve had reasonably good rain in the catchment, the catchment is fairly damp now, so any rainfall that we do get produces some good run-off and that’s been producing some good flows in the Shoalhaven River, and that’s enabled us to pump from the river over the last six weeks – all our dams are 99 per cent full,” he said.

Water, I always believed would be a public good, requiring public management, but yet influenced by individual behavior. It turns out this does not seem to be the case. We are talking semantics and definitions, but if not a public good what is it?

Oops it seems water is a public good.

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