How Much Water in Perth Dams?
by Water Cartage Specialists Vintage Road Haulage
Current water levels and what the future may hold for Perth water…
Perth’s water supply generally comes from the following eleven dams with Serpentine Dam having the largest capacity:
- Churchman Brook
- North Dandalup
- Samson Brook
- South Dandalup
To find out up-to-date information about current water levels and a map of all these dams, visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s Perth water storage (will open in new window)
The Future Of Dams As Primary Water Supply
Perth’s dams are widely recognised as being the main water source for the area. But the Water Corporation says this is slated to change as we become less able to rely on them in the future due to declining rainfall and stream flows . As a result, we need to set our sights on the role of dams changing to become more like water storage reservoirs.
As storage reservoirs, dams are the perfect solution to provide a place to keep deep groundwater and water from desalination plants. This allows the water to be kept in one place until it is needed in times of high demand and ensures that our useable water supply isn’t weather dependent.
Some Perth and southern dams have already been interconnected with pipelines allowing water to be transported more freely. This provides more areas with the security of having a ready water supply that can be accessed from more than one source. The same strategy is in place with the Goldfields and some agricultural areas being supplied water through the CY O’Connor Pipeline. Vintage Road Haulage is also a licensed water supplier.
What About Stormwater?
Stormwater is essentially water that has runoff from roads, roofs and driveways during a rainstorm. It is not used for drinking, but is considered an important part of the urban water cycle as an alternative supply for non-drinking uses.
Stormwater can be used on three ways in an urban environment. These are:
- Locally recharged – this is water that is reabsorbed into the area it fell, such as in a porous driveway or in a soak hole
- Collected off seal surfaces or roofs – this water makes it’s way from the clean collection areas to be stored in a tank or aquifer for reuse
- Drain collection – this is water collected for flood protection purposes and is either released into the environment or reused for purposes such as garden irrigation
Learn about the different kinds of water.
Vintage Road Haulage
We specialise in supplying and delivering water in bulk. If you need demineralised water, potable water or raw water, ranging from small containers up to 50,000 litre road train lots, please contact us.
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