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Posted October 01, 2018 09:36:17 Water supplies in Sydney are at a standstill as a wet winter threatens to lead to the city’s first water shortage in 20 years.
Key points:Sydney has been without a water supply since the early 1990sThe supply will not last long, officials sayThe NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) says the current drought will last until March at the earliestWater experts say the shortage will lead to a prolonged shortage in Sydney for at least a few monthsThe NSW government has already said that water shortages will occur when water supplies are strained by storms, high winds and drought.
“We know that the drought is on,” NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes said.
“What we’re looking at is if the drought lasts through February, the need for water will be reduced and the need will be met through other means.”
The government says that’s what’s happened during periods of severe weather such as the 2009-10 Sydney flood and the 2013-14 Sydney floods, which left nearly 100,000 people homeless.
The drought will hit Sydney first, with water supply to homes, businesses and schools cut off by the end of the month.
However, a new study has suggested the drought could last until the middle of March.
Dr Jennifer Leggett from the Australian Institute of Water Resources, which is helping the government prepare for the drought, said that, if the current conditions continue, it would take about a month to replenish the city with water.
“If you had a 20-year drought it would last about two months,” she said.
“We’re talking about a 40-year dry season here, so it would be quite a long time.”
It is very difficult for any of the systems that are in place in Sydney to cope with this.
You would have to have very high water demand to be able to keep up with it.
“Dr Leggott said the city could have to ration water, and that a shortage would force businesses to close.”
The businesses would be left with no water, the stores would have no water,” she told news.com