Canberra slapped with water restrictions even though its dams are ‘100 per cent full’

For decades, they’ve been telling us to reduce our water consumption because climate change will stop our dams from filling.

Mammalogist and self-appointed climate “expert” Tim Flannery said, “even the rain that falls isn't actually going to fill our dams”.

A recent report by the NSW Department of Planning declared that, “under a dry climate change scenario, there could be no end of system flows for 40 per cent of the time”.

While Professor Mark Howden from the Australian National University and UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “questions spending public money on dams in the Murray Darling Basin because climate change radically reduces the likelihood they will fill”.

What’s the reality?

Right now, Victoria’s dams are 85 per cent full; regional New South Wales’ dams are 84 per cent full; and Canberra’s dams are 100 per cent full.

The Bureau of Meteorology admits, “Australia recorded its wettest and coolest summer in at least five years thanks to La Niña” – a cyclical, natural climate phenomenon whereby equatorial trade winds become stronger, change ocean surface currents and bring warm surface waters to the western Pacific and north of Australia, increasing rainfall.

Yet still, the bureaucrats at Canberra’s taxpayer-owned water utility, Icon Water are imposing water restrictions on Canberrans even though their dams are 100 per cent full.

According to Icon’s general manager of customer engagement, Davina McCormick, “whilst we plan for climate change and greater uncertainty, we still cannot predict the timing and the severity of any future drought”.

“Even though dams are full today, it’s essential that the community maintain the great water saving habits that were developed during the last drought,” she said.

Although one could dismiss the tripe coming out of those managing Canberra’s water supply as more taxpayer-subsidised woke lunacy, several possible explanations are listed below:

  1. Icon Water hopes to artificially reduce Canberra’s oversupply of water by way of continued water restrictions to justify not lowering water prices for struggling ratepayers.
  2. Icon Water understands – as so many in this country do – that Australia’s water infrastructure is not keeping up with population growth. As Water Resources Minister David Littleproud said, water storage per person in NSW, Victoria and Queensland will fall by more than 30 per cent by 2030.
  3. Icon Water has a desire to control people’s lives via the regulations they impose – a trend Australians are now all too familiar with after the last year of lockdowns, mask mandates and border closures.
  4. Icon Water actually believes Tim Flannery’s declaration that “even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams” – even though the heavy rain Australia has experienced this year as a result of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation phenomenon has clearly filled our dams.

The residents of Canberra came to similar conclusions.

Commenting on the article quoted above, Marj told Icon to “stop ripping us with overcharges”.

Kit said, “looks like they want to put up water rates by manufacturing a problem, meanwhile it’s raining outside again”.

Stoo argued that “we could stop filling in all the open bushland with new suburbs that have 2-3 times the amount of residences on them compared to older suburbs. Less demand for water = less use of water”.

While Christine kept it short and simply remarked, “more control…”

As Abraham Lincoln said, “you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”.

The number of Aussies in the latter camp is growing stronger by the day…