Drought conditions for Victorian towns as water storages fall 23 per cent in a year
The Herald Sun have reported on an alarming statistic that highlights just how dangerous Victoria's current water usage is.
SCORES of Victorian towns could face water restrictions this summer with water levels dropping to worrying lows.
Water storages in Victoria have dropped 23 per cent in the last year to a low of 54 per cent. The alarming figure has prompted Water Minister Lisa Neville to call on a number of towns to brace for drought conditions and possible water restrictions if the dry conditions persists. Among the towns put on notice are Colac, Daylesford, Corryong, Romsey and Lancefield.
Ms Neville said dry weather had already placed communities under stress and warned Victorians to brace for a potentially dry summer.
“These outlooks show that under continuing dry conditions a number of towns may face low level water restrictions over coming months and we are currently developing a statewide drought preparedness statement which will include these areas,’’ she said.
Towns facing water restrictions:
- Coliban Southern
- Coliban southern
- Mirboo North
- Tarago (Warragul/Drouin)
- Seven Creeks
- Delatite River
- Steavenson River System
- Upper Delatite
- Fish Creek
- Little Bass
- Anges River
- Tarra River
“Continuing dry conditions are placing significant stress on local communities and we are working hard on improving water access and increasing security of supply in the future" continues Ms Neville. “While Victoria is well placed to cope with drought, we want to have a conversation about the best use of the Victorian water grid to meet the challenges of dry conditions, climate change and population growth.”
Melbourne water storages remain above 70 per cent. It is hoped city residents will not face restrictions, but this cant be guaranteed on current usage trends.
However the Government urged households to be conservative with their water use over summer. Stage one restrictions mean people can only water their garden by hand or on alternate days at particular times if using sprinklers. Residents and business owners will be banned from hosing down hard surfaces such as drives ways and decks.
If restrictions progress to stage two people will not be able to water lawns at all and gardens can only be watered for two hour periods in the morning or evening. Fountains and water attractions must be turned off.
Stage four is the harshest level which will see people banned from using water around the house to water gardens and lawns. Cars cannot be washed, pools cannot be filled and local councils cannot water sporting grounds.
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Now of course, all of this leads to the much maligned desalination plant finally becoming operational, but at what cost? Victorian water bills, like the rest of Australia, continue to rise, with no sign of this stopping - in fact, it is going to be getting worse and worse, with water on track to be costing $1 per litre by 2030.
The time to become self sufficient with regards to your water supply is now. Harvesting soft, clean rainwater is an opportunity that every household has to not only drought proof your garden and home, but to debt proof your wallet.
Imagine water at a $1 per litre!!!
RainPac - because it NEVER rains forever.