In­ves­ti­gate dam pos­si­bil­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

PRE­VI­OUS men­tion was made of the need for more dams. Our wa­ter prob­lem is be­cause of the short­sighted politi­cians who sit on their lau­rels.

In par­tic­u­lar, pre­vi­ous sug­ges­tion was made to con­struct a dam on Her­veys Range in the Dotswood area. The com­bined trib­u­taries of Keel­bot­tom, Clarke, Run­ning River, Dou­glas and Fletcher rivers have huge amounts of wa­ter when an ac­tive wet sea­son ar­rives in the area, cre­at­ing a huge re­serve of wa­ter that is wasted be­cause Lake Dal­rym­ple is at ca­pac­ity.

All this wa­ter could ad­di­tion­ally be stored in a dam con­structed as men­tioned and prior to spill over into Lake Dal­rym­ple, where the ex­cess would be cap­tured, be­fore over­flow­ing to Rita Is­land and out to sea.

The prime fac­tor with a dam built here is the pump­ing costs to Townsville would be much cheaper than from Lake Dal­rym­ple. The nat­u­ral el­e­va­tion from the range down to Ross Dam would re­alise much of the trans­fer of wa­ter through grav­ity feed­ing.

This point should be in­ves­ti­gated. There is too much wa­ter wasted when a good wet sea­son ar­rives. YARN CORNISH,

Cape Cleve­land.

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