New figures from WaterNSW also show Sydney’s main dam at Warragamba collected 1212 gigalitres of inflows from the big rainfall event – or 1,212,000,000,000 litres. That is about 60 per cent of the dam’s capacity.
The desalination plant, located at Tugun, is scheduled to provide up to 133 million litres – the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools – per day into the South East Queensland (SEQ) water grid while the Mt Crosby plant is taken offline for the next stage of critical works.
With no end in sight to the prolonged dry spell which has gripped the area for more than 12 months, MidCoast Council is fast-tracking the development of a temporary desalination plant at the Nabiac Aquifer water supply plant.
“We’ve made the decision to ensure water security for the Manning-Great Lakes scheme, which supplies 90 per cent of our water users,” MidCoast Council infrastructure and engineering services director, Rob Scott said.
Sydney Water has submitted a revised submission to the Independent Pricing Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a proposal that would see annual water bills rise by $30 a year with dam levels on Tuesday sinking to 46.3 per cent.
Accompanied by his high-powered delegation, Prime Minister Bainimarama said the visit to the plant was crucial because it would assist the Government in setting up similar desalination plants, particularly in the maritime islands such as the Lau Group and Yasawa.