Metro weekly water update - 21 June 2019

21/06/2019

 

Target

Actual

June water use to date

13 billion litres

13 billion litres

Dam storage levels

N/A

45 per cent

Weekly streamflow into dams

N/A

1 billion litres

June rainfall to date

126.9 mm

(June average rainfall 1994-2017)

 

173.1 mm

(June average rainfall 1876-2016)

118.6 mm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water use

 

Average water use over the last week was 583 million litres per day, which was below the forecast of 593 million litres.

 

Daily water use for the last five days

Date

Actual water use – million litres

Forecast – million litres

21/06/2019

584

581

20/06/2019

566

581

19/06/2019

607

581

18/06/2019

599

581

17/06/2019

638

607

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

 

Since 1 July 2018, we have used 282 billion litres of water - this is about 4 billion litres above what we had forecast. 


Dam level (total for 15 dams)

 

The dam storage level has remained stable this week and is sitting at 45 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).  As we use many different sources of water, dams are no longer an accurate indicator of the health of Perth's overall water supply situation.

 

Streamflow (total for 15 dams)

 

From 1 May 2019 the dams have received 1.4 billion litres of streamflow.  The post-1975 average for the May to April (an inflow year) period is 187.2 billion litres.

 

Sprinkler roster compliance

 

The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is now in place.  This means you need to ensure your sprinklers are kept switched off until the end of winter.

 

Our team of inspectors issued 183 warnings and 30 fines this week.  Since 1 January 2019, we have taken a total of 4302 actions (warnings + fines) compared with 4523 actions for the same period in 2018.

 

Annual rainfall

 

Perth has received 194.20 mm of rainfall since 1 January 2019.  The cumulative average (1994-2017) rainfall for the January to end June period is 303.5 mm.

 

General water news

 

Who doesn’t love being a nosy neighbour! 

 

If you’d like to check out your suburb’s water use and how it’s tracking when it comes to saving water use we have just the tool for you https://www.watercorporation.com.au/save-water/check-your-suburbs-water-use

 

Our handy online tool lets you find out the average water use of your suburb and compare it to the previous year - so you can see how good your neighbours have been at saving water.


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