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Farm water cut as dam levels drop

Jordan, R. (1976) Farm water cut as dam levels drop. The Countryman, 11 November 1976. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article discusses the worst winter in the South-West for 40 years which has left main dams well below capacity and caused irrigation water quotes for farmers in the district to be reduced.
The Minister for Works and Water Supplies, Mr. O'Neil said that inflow to reservoirs this year was the lowest ever recorded.
An announcement from Mr. O'Neil in September, that an initial scouring of the Wellington Dam of 10.5 million cubic metres had taken place between September 5 and September 25.
Studies had shown that the more saline water which ran off the catchment collected in a wedge at the bottom of the dam, with this layer persisting through to the end of summer.
The removal of the saline water would improve the quality of the water at the end of summer.
The releases from the reservoir were based on research carried out by the mathematics and engineering departments of the University of Western Australia.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1976 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58186
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