Shoalhaven Water is encouraging local residents and visitors to continue undertaking sensible water practices throughout the area as an extended period of dry weather continues across the City.
Shoalhaven’s total dam storages have dropped to 92 percent of capacity and river inflows have also reduced over recent weeks.
The reduction in river flows is a direct consequence of the drier conditions experienced since the area’s last significant rain fall event in November.
Acting Director of Shoalhaven Water, Tony Holmes said that while the river flows had experienced some short term increases from isolated rainfalls, this flow has not been sustained.
Mr Holmes also said that unless falls of rain increased over the catchment area in the coming weeks, local residents would need to prepare themselves for the introduction of water restrictions.
“While there is no restrictions currently in place it is important that everyone remain sensible with their water usage given the ongoing dry weather the area has experienced,” said Mr Holmes.
“In saying this, unless the predicted rainfall is received in the catchment over the next few weeks, water restrictions may need to be implemented in accordance with the Council’s Drought Management Plan.”
“Shoalhaven Water ceased all pumping from the Shoalhaven River at Burrier last week as a result of low river flows and we are now using our water storages.”
Mr Holmes said water usage in the first week of January had increased 30 percent on the same period last year while the second week of January had also experienced a 58 percent increase.
The rise in water usage is attributed to the drier conditions and the current fire emergency said Mr Holmes.
Information on the river flows, combined storages, water consumption and rainfall can be found via the link on the features section of Shoalhaven Water’s website home page www.shoalwater.nsw.gov.au