Water levels hold up despite lack of rain

DAM levels in Shoalhaven and other regions show just how dry things are now compared to this time last year.

Tallowa and Bamarang Dams are the only dams that stand at 100 per cent capacity.

Director Shoalhaven Water Carmel Krogh said thanks to the flow from the Shoalhaven River local water storage levels looked good for the next few months.

However, she added winter, compared to the hotter months, was a low demand period for water usage, and she was watching the forecast for upcoming rain with interest.

According to the Weather Zone website the Nowra region has only had 0.6 millimetres of rain this month.

The long term forecast is for 65.4mm this month.

The wettest July on record was 163.2mm in 2005 and the driest on record was 3.2mm in 2002.

The Warragamba Dam, in the Sydney catchment, is at 83.9 per cent capacity, compared to this time last year when it was near full at 99.3 per cent.

The Fitzroy Falls Reservoir is particularly struggling with the dry conditions.

Fitzroy Falls Reservoir is now only 35.2 per cent capacity compared to 99.5 per cent last year.

The Wingecarrbee Reservoir, at 82.9 per cent of its capacity, is not far below last year’s measure of 86.6 per cent.

The Cataract Dam, in the Upper Nepean catchment, is now 62.7 per cent, compared to last year when it was at 86.7 per cent.


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