Reservoir still tops
Monday, 14th January, 2013
By Emily Roberts
Despite an increase in water consumption this summer, there won’t be any water restrictions, according to Essential Water.
According to an Essential Water spokesman, water consumption this summer has reached a high of 22.3 megalitres per day while the highest recorded summer consumption was 30.1 megalitres.
However, the reservoir daily evaporation is less than 10 millimetres.
The spokesman said Essential Water has the capacity to cope with the rise in consumption.
“The consumption rate is up due to the heat and lack of rain,” he said.
“This time last year, we had received 46.3 millimetres of rain but this year we have received 4.1 millimetres.”
He said that water restrictions weren’t “anticipated”.
“Essential Water appreciate that our customers are water wise. If they can continue their normal practice of watering their garden last in the evenings or early mornings - that would be good,” he said.
“There are a whole host of water efficiency spray heads. I’m sure people are well aware of these.”
Otherwise, he said everything was “business as usual”.
“We have good water storages at Umberumberka and Stephens Creek which will carry us through until next summer.
“The water quality is still very good, fresh water.”
The total water pumped in summer to date is 876.8 megalitres which includes both treated and raw water pumped to Broken Hill.
The raw water is pumped to a separate tank and used on various mine sites, while the treated water is for residential properties.
The average temperature for summer 2012-13 is 33.8 degrees, up two degrees from 2011-12 and three degrees from 2010-11.
The maximum this summer to date is 44, which is five degrees above last year’s maximum.