Perth metro weekly water update – 19 July 2019

19/07/2019

 

 

Target

Actual

July water use to date

11 billion litres

11 billion litres

Dam storage levels

N/A

46 per cent

Weekly streamflow into dams

N/A

9.6 billion litres

July rainfall to date

146.6 mm

(July average rainfall 1994-2017)

72.6 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 579 million litres per day, which was above the forecast of 572 million litres.

 

Daily water use for the last five days

Date

Actual water use (million litres)

Forecast (million litres)

19/07/2019

564

570

18/07/2019

580

570

17/07/2019

581

570

16/07/2019

593

570

15/07/2019

605

572

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

 

Since 1 July 2019, we have used 10.35 billion litres of water – which is just over the forecast for this period.

 

Dam level (total for 15 dams)

The dam storage levels have remained stable this week and are sitting at a combined 46 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 9.6 billion litres of streamflow.  The post-1975 average for the May to April period (called the streamflow year) 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 280 warnings and 14 fines this week.  Since 1 January 2019, we have taken a total of 5094 actions (warnings + fines) compared with 5371 actions for the same period in 2018.

 

Annual rainfall

 

Perth has received 360.2 mm of rainfall since 1 January 2019.  The cumulative average (1994-2017) rainfall for the January to July period is 450.1 mm.

 

General water news

Water Corporation has teamed up with the City of Bayswater to transform a Morley drain into a living stream and wetland. 

Located at Peters Place Reserve, the soon to be vibrant space will help serve as flood prevention, and create a healthier water system and greener space for the community to enjoy.

To find out more about this project, which forms part of the Drainage for Liveability program, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/about-us/news/media-statements/media-release/morley-drain-transformed-into-wetland

 


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