Monday, February 19, 2018
South Gippsland Water has been keeping a close eye on storage levels at Korumburra’s three reservoirs, Coalition, Ness Gully and Bellview. The summer warm dry weather conditions, coupled with balancing water quality issues and high demands have triggered the need for the supplementary water supply options and the commencement of staged water restriction in the next couple of weeks.
Philippe du Plessis, Managing Director for South Gippsland Water said today that, “This summer has seen the Corporation challenged with dam water quality, warm dry weather conditions and high use. High water demands have seen storages decline at Korumburra, now sitting within water restriction trigger levels at 63% (as at Friday 16/2/18).
The Corporation will commence pumping a supplementary water supply from the Tarwin River over the next week to assist in meeting water demands. Over the past ten years, Korumburra has been subject to Stage Two water restrictions in 2013 and 2016 and 2017 and supplementary water has been activated most years. Should restrictions be implemented in 2018, South Gippsland Water will move straight to Stage Two.
Mr du Plessis continued, “Construction for the Lance Creek Water Connection is underway and scheduled for completion by next summer. This $43M project will see Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora connected to the Lance Creek Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant and a more secure water supply. Mr du Plessis continued, “Once the connection to Lance Creek is complete, data indicates that Korumburra will not require staged water restrictions as currently experienced”.
In the interim, customers are encouraged to activate water efficient practices at home and work and to be mindful of the Permanent Water Saving Rules which are in place year round, for all townships. The Permanent Water Saving Rules operate separate to any staged water restrictions activated by South Gippsland Water. The top 3 rules to remember are:
1) Water during the cool – Between 6pm and 10am.
2) Sweep, don’t hose – Hosing hard surfaces such as paths and driveways is not permitted.
3) Install trigger nozzles – All outdoor hoses are required to be leak free and fitted with trigger nozzles.
More information is available at the South Gippsland Water Website: www.sgwater.com.au/services/water/permanent-water-saving-rules.
Considering water efficiency at home can save water and money, simple water saving practices customers can easily activate at home are;
- Using a half flush when flushing the toilet
- Fixing any leaking or dripping taps
- Ensuring hoses are fitted with a trigger nozzle and free of leaks
- Only running washing machine and dish washers when there is a full load to be washed
- Limiting shower time to 4 minutes
- Planting water wise garden plants and using mulch to hold moisture in garden beds
- Installing a pool cover
- Installing a water saving shower head
Any customers who have questions or concerns regarding their water supply can contact South Gippsland Water’s friendly Customer Service Team on 1300 851 636.