Metro weekly water update - 15 February 2019

15/02/2019  

 

Target

Actual

February water use to date

16 billion litres

16 billion litres

Dam storage levels

N/A

50 per cent

Cumulative streamflow into dams

181 billion litres

(Post 1975 May to January average)

149 billion litres

February rainfall to date

13.0 mm

(January mean rainfall 1994-2017)

 

12.5 mm

(January average rainfall 1876-2016)

0.2 mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Note: 1 billion litres = approx. 400 Olympic swimming pools.  Please note these figures are rounded (except for rainfall) to the nearest whole number.

 

Water use

 

Average daily water use over the last week was 1.024 billion litres, which was slightly below the forecast of 1.039 billion litres.

 

Daily water use for the last five days

Date

Water use – litres

Forecast – litres

Friday, 15 February 2019

987,000,000

1,033,000,000

Thursday, 14 February 2019

959,000,000

 

1,033,000,000

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

966,000,000

1,033,000,000

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

951,000,000

1,033,000,000

Monday, 11 February 2019

1,127,000,000

1,045,000,000

Note: water use above is calculated up to 8am each day for the previous 24 hour period

 

Since 1 July 2018, we have used 177 billion litres of water - this is 4 billion litres above what we had forecast for this period.  It’s worth noting our 2018-19 demand forecast for the shoulder periods (winter/spring) was more ambitious than previous years and actual total water use is about the same as this time last year.

 

Dam level (total for 15 dams)

 

The dam storage level has decreased slightly over the past week, sitting at 50 per cent* of full capacity.

 

*Please note some dams are filled from different sources - dam levels include the transfer of groundwater and desalinated seawater from treatment plants as well as streamflow (that comes from rainfall).  Dam levels are no longer an accurate indicator of the health of Perth's water supply situation.

 

Streamflow (total for 15 dams)

 

From 1 May 2018 to 30 January 2019 the dams had received 149 billion litres of streamflow.  The post-1975 average for the May to January period is 181 billion litres.

 

Sprinkler roster compliance

 

The two-day-a-week sprinkler roster now applies across Perth, so make sure your sprinklers are programmed for your rostered water days and only to come on once, either before 9am or after 6pm.

 

Our team of inspectors issued 154 warnings and 136 fines this week.  Since 1 January 2019, we have taken a total of 1528 actions (warnings + fines) compared with 1354 actions for the same period in 2018.

 

Annual rainfall

 

Perth has received 7.4 mm of rainfall since 1 January.  Average rainfall for January and February (1994-2017) is 29.7 mm.

 

General water news

 

February marks the start of the Noongar second summer.  In aboriginal weather knowledge this is the hottest part of the year with little to no rain.

If you're interested in learning more about the Noongar seasons, the Bureau of Meteorology has some useful information online Noongar calendar

 

It’s a great reminder that we still have plenty of hot days ahead of us, and while we realise it’s not always easy to make water savings at this time of year when gardens are extra thirsty, we can still be waterwise.   For advice on how to make the most of the water you use in the garden in summer visit our website.



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