The Big Dry: What’s the status of Dunedin reservoirs?

Email with image received.

Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:03 PM
Subject: Water levels

Attached is an image of the Brockville reservoir for your interest. The top arrow indicates the level on 27 February and the below, today. I’m not sure if it’s relevant to the topic/posts on Dunedin’s 3 waters, no CCO but the absence of public concern from the Dunedin City Council seems to be topical.

Most people are already concerned based on broader media publishing and asking the obvious questions about water usage – is it okay to water my plants, etc.

Figured you might like to get in before the ODT :)

Brockville reservoirBrockville reservoir going down (February 2013)


Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under DCC, Geography, Media

2 responses to “The Big Dry: What’s the status of Dunedin reservoirs?

  1. ### ODT Online Fri, 15 Mar 2013
    North Island declared drought zone
    The entire North Island has officially been declared a drought zone. The announcement was made on a Manawatu sheep and beef farm by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy this morning.
    Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay have already been declared to be in drought. Manawatu, Rangitikei, Taranaki, East Coast, Wairarapa and Wellington have now been added to that list.
    The declaration means that farmers in these regions will be entitled to receive Government assistance. The drought is predicted to cost the economy $1 billion as hard-hit farmers struggle to feed stock. -APNZ
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  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Ground cracking is a worry on slip-prone areas. Tree roots die off anyway to balance the top-growth, it happens when trees are heavily cut back too. But ground cracking can break “holding” roots which shrink making more channels for water when the “big wet” comes.
    My “lawn” – unwatered – is appallingly long due to too many other things we had to do. It was also appallingly wet at the end of another dry day and tended to clog the mower. This is from dew. Conclusion – keep your lawn long, set mower high so grass roots survive and the lawn gathers whatever dew is available. Short lawns around here are looking parched. Plants with roots that extend under lawns get the benefit (or suffer) accordingly.
    Grey water is fine for watering, crops included.
    Grey water diversion plumbing should be easier, I’d like to see it common in new style houses, something that could be used when water is scarce but easily returned to standard “disposal” when the need is over. People with old houses where the shower and washing machine water goes into an outside pipe that feeds into a ceramic “bowl” at the exterior can DIY. There’s probably a rule against it………

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