Dams Filled By Rains Flannery Never Saw Coming

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

This article needs some background for the correct context. Barely two years ago, the total water in all the 20 to 25 dams that provide the water supply for all South East Queensland were at around 16% capacity. We were told that this level was to be the level we would have to live with for the whole future, because Climate Change would keep us all in perpetual drought. To that end, the Government introduced almost draconian water restrictions, and then kept on with introducing even more stringent restrictions as time progressed. They also raised water rates, in fact almost tripling the cost of water to residential users and also other Commercial and Industrial users. They then spent Billions and Billions of dollars, telling us we needed these things to secure our water future. They constructed a water recycling plant, to convert effluent back to drinking water. They constructed a large salt water desalinating plant that is still not operational almost two years after being finished, and is so plagued by problems, it is thought it will never operate to capacity. They constructed a vast system of pipelines to move water around from dam to dam, and this construction is still in progress, and roads are still chock a block with traffic, disrupted by this continuing work on those pipelines.

Now, all of those 25 dams are at capacity, in fact most at 100% full, with this huge overflow of water pouring solidly down the spillways. The pertinent fact in all of this now is one line in the following text, that might just slide by you if it’s not highlighted.

Those dams are now at 100% full, and there is now 8 years supply of water for all of South East Queensland, IF IT NEVER RAINS AGAIN.

Those increased water rates, well, have they been eased back to where they were. Not on your life. They will never be returned to that level of costing.

Those draconian restrictions on the use of water, well, have they been relaxed. Not on your life. In fact the same Government Ministers who introduced them tell us that this is not the time to relax restrictions because we all remember what it was like when the water supply was at 16% and we can’t afford to let it get back to there, so restrictions are vitally important, in fact more so now than before.

The desalination plant, well, that water has nowhere to go now because all the dams are full, so the water is pumped into a full dam, and then straight across the spillway into the river and back out into the ocean where it came from. Even though this desal plant has been operational now for almost two years, it has been fraught with problems, and the Government finally had to accept it, or the construction Company operators would have gone broke. It is still not operating anywhere near capacity, never has, and most probably never will.The same also applies with the recycled effluent, also being piped to full dams and across the spillways. The vast system of pipelines and pumping stations using enormous amounts of electricity to run those huge pumps. well, the water is being moved from one full dam to another full dam, and it too then pours down the spillway.

There is 8 years water now in the system, IF IT NEVER RAINS AGAIN…..TonyfromOz

Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery in June, 2007:

Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming….Desalination plants can provide insurance against drought. In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months.

So let’s check the Queensland dams that Flannery warned could be empty by January, 2009:

DRENCHING rains have delivered southeast Queensland enough water to last until 2018 without another drop falling from the sky.

Convinced by the alarmists that global warming was drying up the rains, the Labor Government spent billions on alternatives to dams, including the desal plant Flannery recommended, which was handed over to the Government only last week:

Two years ago, southeast Queensland was in drought, prompting the Bligh government to spend $9 billion on a water grid to “drought-proof” the region, by introducing a recycled water scheme, raising the wall at the Hinze Dam and building a desalination plant on the Gold Coast… The plant is producing 44 megalitres of water a day at $731/ML for a daily cost of $32,000, despite all the major dams in the area being full or practically full.

Hand the bill to Flannery.

UPDATE

George Miller explains the message of his film Happy Feet:

There’s always those characters in stories and for people who don’t believe in climate change, in the country where I come from Australia, we have no ozone and we have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, the further south you go, and more particularly, we’ve had the worst drought on record that’s continuing, so I can see garden drying up. Something’s happening out there. We can be in denial about it.

George Miller explains the delay to his latest Mad Max film:

THE blossoming desert at Broken Hill has forced the filming of the new Mad Max movie to be postponed again – possibly for a year. In a blow to the New South Wales film industry, director George Miller said rain had forced the planned February shoot for the Warner Bros production to be delayed for a second time…

‘’Unfortunately for Mad Max, what was wasteland is now this wonderful flower garden,’’ Miller said.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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