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Heat on Goulburn Valley's water supplies

Extreme weather is putting pressure on the water supply to some towns and Goulburn Valley Water yesterday appealed to customers to reduce their consumption.

DARREN LINTON January 16, 2014 6:38am

With the heat, water use has soared from an average of 40Ml a day to more than 50Ml per day and as high as 77Ml on Monday.

While Shepparton’s supply system was coping, Goulburn Valley Water technical services general manager Steve McKenzie said the extreme weather was putting pressure on the water treatment processes in some towns.

‘‘Due to the current weather conditions, and an influx of holidaymakers in some areas, some water supply systems are struggling to keep up at times with demand in the towns,’’ he said.

While the raw water storages themselves were full, in some Goulburn Valley Water-supplied towns — including Tatura, Mansfield and Nagambie — the demand was exceeding the inflow capacity of the plants, or, in other words, the plants were unable to produce treated water at the rate customers were using it.

‘‘One of our raw water storages is currently operating at 36 litres/second inflow, but demand has exceeded 100 litres/second at times over recent days. Our plants are simply unable to keep up,’’ Mr McKenzie said.

Water carting was occurring at Nagambie to supplement supply and standpipes had been closed at Tatura and Nagambie to conserve water.

Plant and pump flow rates had been increased to maximum where possible, but Mr McKenzie asked for the co-operation of customers to help the supply systems recover.

‘‘We ask all customers, particularly in our smaller towns, to exercise restraint wherever possible when using water in coming days to enable the systems to recover,’’ he said.

There was no concern any of the towns would run out of water with the heatwave continuing through to Saturday. Goulburn Valley Water also reminded customers permanent water savings rules should be followed, including using sprinklers in the cooler parts of the day and having a trigger nozzle attached to the garden hose at all times.

People can visit www.gvwater.vic.gov.au for information on water conservation.

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