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 40
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.
Shepparton coach Brad Campbell and his young Bears are looking forward to tackling the might of Kyabram at Deakin Reserve in Goulburn Valley Football League.
With Dookie sitting fourth on the ladder the Bears expected a hard contest on their home deck and when they kicked the first two goals it was game on.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Ross Morgan’s dreams of reliving his go kart racing days with his son have been shattered.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
Ky export gets first Navy Blues win.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Moira Shire Council has adopted its 2015-16 budget, but perceived unfairness in the allocation of funding meant it was not passed unanimously.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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