In the last two years the Newman Government has released more than 113, 000 megalitres
of general reserve unallocated water available through three targeted release programs, Mr Cripps said.
Figures published yesterday by the industry watchdog Ofwat revealed the company cut the volume of its leaks by 17 per cent from 479 megalitres
(million litres) a day in 1996/7, to 399 in 1997/8 - well inside its Ofwat target of 410 megalitres
With just 50 per cent adoption of the technology, we could save 292 000 megalitres
of water a year from being lost through evaporation.
It will also reduce water consumption by 46 megalitres
a year, a $30,000 saving, which is vitally important in Ballarat where water can be a scarce commodity.
At 660 000 megalitres
(ML) capacity and inundating 7600 hectares when complete, the Traveston Crossing Dam is being hailed by Premier Peter Beattie as an essential weapon in the battle against the state's worsening water shortage crisis.
Around 220 megalitres
of recycled water from the plant will be provided to local irrigators in the Campaspe Irrigation District Scheme each year, on top of 1200 ML already supplied by the Echuca Water Reclamation Plant.
In September this year, the government released a report of its Taskforce on Biofuels, (2) appointed to review a 2003 joint study by CSIRO, the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE) and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics (ABARE) on the appropriateness of a national target of 350 megalitres
(ML) of biofuels by 2010.
Ofwat's 12-month rolling leakage target of 470 megalitres
per day for 2006/07.
The average daily consumption for Feb-ruary to date is 323 megalitres
as compared to 322Ml a week ago.
If every office building in Australia improved its water rating by just one star, the overall annual water consumption would be cut by over 5800 megalitres
The action plan aimed to reduce leakage by around 50 megalitres
per day by the
This was demonstrated last year with the release of 95,000 megalitres
of unallocated water from the Flinders and Gilbert river catchments following a successful competitive tender process.