New South Wales Minister for Water Property and Housing Melinda Pavey
Water Restrictions To Commence In Lower Hunter on 16 September 2019
Victor P Taffa
Water restrictions will be introduced across the Lower Hunter next month for the first time in 25 years, in response to the worst drought on record for New South Wales.
Minister for Water Property and Housing Melinda Pavey announced Level 1 water restrictions would begin on Monday 16 September.
“This drought is more severe than New South Wales has ever experienced. While autumn and winter are typically the highest rainfall seasons for the Lower Hunter, the rainfall has not eventuated, causing the region’s dams to fall to their lowest levels in more than two decades.” Minister Pavey said.
“With no significant rainfall on the horizon, the introduction of Level 1 water restrictions forms an important part of Hunter Water’s drought response to help reduce demand on the water supply.”
“Restrictions will focus on reducing outdoor water use, which accounts for about 20 % of the Lower Hunter’s total drinking water consumption.” Minister Pavey said.
Hunter Water’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Graham Wood said Hunter Water was exploring all avenues for conserving water.
“Water is crucial to people in the Lower Hunter so we’ll be working together with all of our customers to save this precious resource, whilst ensuring the continuity of their lives and businesses.” Mr. Wood said.
“This includes working with large businesses and commercial operators to prepare and implement Water Efficiency Management Plans to help identify opportunities for water savings.”
“Hunter Water is also doing its bit to conserve water by reducing leakage across its 5,000 km water network. While we’ve made considerable inroads over the past two years, we’re investing additional resources to respond to and repair leaks even quicker.” Mr. Wood said.
Level 1 Water Restrictions Include:
- Outdoor watering is permitted before 10 am or after 4 pm with a trigger nozzle hose
- All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle
- No hosing of hard surfaces such as concrete, paths and driveways
- All vehicles should be washed with a bucket, trigger nozzle hose or pressure cleaner
- No sprinklers are to be used.
In 2009 concerned residents opposed construction of the Tillegra Dam that was proposed for the Hunter area.
At the time Editor Victor P Taffa attended meetings of concerned residents. Sydney was to get a Desalination Plant and the Hunter was to get the Tillegra Dam.
New South Wales is going through its worst drought in history and now the Hunter will have water restrictions introduced for the first time in 25 years.
While trees are important, unless we have water to drink then people will die. Desalination Plant only serves as a top up for Sydney’s water supply.
Warragamba Dam is Sydney’s major dam.
Warragamba Dam in Sydney would be full if rain was falling regularly at the moment.
Desalination Plant was only put into operation due to lack of rainfall.
Dam construction is needed in times of drought so when the rains come our farmers can produce food at a much lower price and we will all gain.
At the time of the Tillegra Dam meetings there was also concerns about the Newcastle Railway Line being cutback.
As with the Tillegra Dam not being built, cutting back the Newcastle Railway Line is a short-sighted waste of time and money by some people.
Newcastle Railway Line
Newcastle Railway Line was cutback to Wickham for a Light Rail Line. When Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail at 500 km/h (Japan’s Bullet Train) is built, the Newcastle Railway Line will have to be reconstructed underground.
Newcastle Railway Line rebuilt underground by mixing rubber in with concrete as a measure to protect against earthquakes. This practice is undertaken when building skyscrapers in Japan to stop them from collapsing.
From Hamilton Junction the Newcastle Line would go underground with railway stations restored at the same location where surface railway stations previously existed.
- Wickham Railway Station would be directly below the Light Rail Interchange.
- Harbourlink would be an additional railway station.
Newcastle Railway Line would again serve Newcastle Railway Station. Grade from underground to serve surface Newcastle Railway Station would be no steeper than the grade of the Epping-Chatswood Railway Line in Sydney.
Newcastle Railway Line Stations include:
Tillegra Dam is needed for the Hunter as much as Newcastle CBD needs its railway line with commuters continuing to struggle without it.
Since the Newcastle Railway Line closed, businesses have closed and Newcastle CBD is starting to resemble a ghost town.
Newcastle needs a Railway Line and High-Speed Rail to Brisbane and Sydney will not only increase rail patronage but also revive the Newcastle CBD.
Current Member for Strathfield Jodi McKay was previously Member for Newcastle and supported the cutback of the Newcastle Railway Line.
Ms. McKay was unavailable to comment regarding water supply needs for people in the Lower Hunter area.
If not the Tillegra Dam then what dam will be built in the Hunter Valley?
Map of Tillegra Dam area