Shared water

Signs on the backtrack and near the water reservoirs indicate that a new pipeline is being installed to service the new suburb of Whitlam.  This is planned as the first development in Molonglo Stage 3 and is one of the reasons for the current interminable road works on William Hovell Drive.  Whitlam will cover the area south of William Hovell Drive down to the Molonglo, and between Coppins Crossing Road and Kama Nature Reserve on the west.

FoHV has been advised that:  Most of the water system built in the 1970s and 80s was designed to meet the enormous peak irrigation demand experienced at that time (up to 520ML in a day), before the current water charging regime, when there was no cost or other restriction to using heaps of water.  In recent years the maximum day demand has struggled to make 300ML, even with the growth in population over that time.  The net result of all this is that the pipelines from Stromlo to reservoirs like Weetangera, and the tanks themselves, are now way oversized for the projected future demand on them.  Hence the spare capacity to serve Molonglo 3.

It is also important to note that, in the very unlikely event Icon Water decide sometime in the future that more storage is required at the Weetangera reservoir site to serve Molonglo 3, a site has been set aside for an extra tank on that site.


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