Rain falls are a dam shame

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MOR­PHET

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.

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