For perhaps the first time in at least 2 years I had a bath this morning.
We have had some good rains this past 10 days with more, lots more expected overnight and tomorrow.
I was with a couple of chaps from our water affairs dept. this morning and one of them said that he expects our average dam levels to exceed 50% by Friday and possibly 60% by this time next week. Official dam levels here.
50% is the magic number, it is at this level that the severe usage restrictions are enforced, restrictions include hose pipe bans and a form of water rationing. My household (6 people) is allowed 15 kilolitres a month (500 litres a day), we are regularly on or just under our limit, this is achieved by limited toilet flushing, only showering, no watering of the garden (except with previously used water), limited motor vehicle washing and definitely no topping up of the pool!
Penalties for exceeding the limit include financial penalties and a ‘flow limiter’ for serial offenders.
With a bit of luck the more severe restrictions could be lifted later this month and if we hit the 60% level we could go back to living normally.
The unusual thing is that heavy rain at this time of the year is very unseasonal, we usually get most of our wet weather in our Spring, (Sept. – Nov.) My water affairs pal had a reason for this “The El Niño has gone” he said. He has been talking about this particular El Niño for a good 18 months, if it has gone, good riddance!
I thought that I’d add this chart to show how the citizens here have reacted during this current drought.
This evening’s forecasted rains have just arrived, I think I’ll celebrate with another bath 😉