Monday, March 05, 2007
This is our local water reservoir. Although we are on tank water this is where surrounding towns source their water from. A few years ago I took photos here because it was so low. For the first time in years you could walk to the island at one end. We took the kids there and told them at that time that they may never be able to do this again. How wrong we were.
Today the water is even lower. Trees can now be seen poking out of the top of the water. The original highway can be seen going into the water as well as bridge footings. The water is so low that the water can no longer be pumped out via the regular pumps. Submersible pumps have been placed in the water on fabricated pontoons to allow water to be pumped out for local farm use etc This will allow another three to four metres of water to be pumped out for a little longer.
The capacity of this reservoir is 22, 119ml and it is currently as of 2nd March at 3.60%. Some of the photos were taken were metre markers show you the depth of the water. We would need many years of rain to get the water level back up to these markers. Jason was telling the girls about when he was a kid and they used to picnic on the banks and the boat was moored beside them. Grass now grows in these areas. It's hard to imagine that skiers once skied into the 'beach' etc