Rain falls are a dam shame
IT was the much-needed rain that drenched gardens across Sydney and the Central Coast, but it didn’t make the slightest difference to the city’s dams.
Rainfall figures from the past four days showed Sydney Observatory Hill registered 70mm, St Ives had 104mm and Gosford on the Central Coast recorded 206mm.
However, any rain that fell over the city’s water catchments soaked straight into the bone-dry ground, as there wasn’t the 60mm of saturating rain required for run-off.
“The rain was focused on the northern half of Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast, but not sufficiently inland for the catchment areas,” Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Helen Reid said.
“It was wet where people live but people don’t live near the dams.”
The Sydney storage level remains unchanged at 49.8 per cent capacity and the critical Warragamba Dam held steady at 51 per cent. From today, Community Water Officers on patrol will slap $220 on-thespot fine comes on anyone found in breach of the new water restrictions.
Hoses must have trigger nozzles or wands, lawns must be watered before 10am or after 4pm and sprinklers or watering systems are banned except for drip irrigation or smart watering systems.