Furphy - Harvey Water

Using our access to water to
promote regional economic
development
HARVEY WATER
PO Box 456, HARVEY WA 6220
Tel: 08 9729 0100 Fax: 08 9729 0111
admin@harveywater.com.au
Vol 13 Edition 1 – January 2016
The Harvey Water “Furphy”
WAROONA - YARLOOP FIRES
Harvey Water is very pleased to
report that our water supply
systems in Waroona and Harvey
Irrigation Districts – including
Yarloop - did not miss a beat
before, during and after the recent
fires.
A small pipe problem in Waroona
was prevented from getting out of
control by prompt action by our
staff and Blair Johnston- a private
contractor.
Many people have commented
that being able to access our
gravity driven water supply was a
life and property saver for them
and they did not know what would
have happened if Harvey Water
had not put it in 10 years ago.
In some cases the pressure was not
like it normally is but this was
because, understandably, the draw
from the dams went to the
maximum as everyone turned on
their supply points to save their
homes and farms.
Harvey Water would like everyone
to know that when the pipe system
was constructed, we installed 25
Community Supply Points (CSP) in
consultation with the local fire
services and the shires. They were
intended to provide rapid access
to water supplies in exactly the fire
circumstances that we had last
week.
Despite
some
incorrect
commentary in the media we
would also like everyone to know
that there were operating CSP in
both Yarloop (3) and Cookernup
which were used by the fire
services. There are also two 250
mm
irrigation
supply
points
servicing the Yarloop Bowling Club
and the Oval. We are very pleased
that people sheltering on the
Yarloop Oval were able to turn on
the sprinklers to protect themselves
from the fire.
The CSP in Waroona were heavily
used with one delivering 3.5 ML.
We are all very proud of Harvey
Water staff members, Stephen
Cook and Richard Wood, who are
volunteer fire fighters in the Yarloop
Brigade, and salute them, and the
many farmers who were in there
too, for their dedication and
courage.
Some people have begun to ask
what sort of help Harvey Water is
going to provide now that the fires
are over.
What we will certainly do is to assist
those people who allowed access
or provided water to the fireys.
Fortunately our data loggers
provide a very good trace of water
use over time and we will be able
to confirm the generous and public
spirited help they provided during
the emergency.
South West Irrigation Management Cooperative Limited Trading as Harvey Water
Using our access to water to
promote regional economic
development
HARVEY WATER
PO Box 456, HARVEY WA 6220
Tel: 08 9729 0100 Fax: 08 9729 0111
admin@harveywater.com.au
We would like to point out that
Harvey Water is a cooperative in
which everyone should be treated
equitably. We have 455 members
and 220 Rural Water Service
customers in the Waroona and
Harvey Irrigation Districts.
There are a lot of different reports
coming in about what types and
scale of damage and loss have
been caused by the fires.
In
response to these problems, Harvey
Water advises that it does not have
the administrative capacity or
wisdom to measure and judge
what sort of individual support can
be provided to potentially 675
water users. This is an unrealistic
expectation.
Harvey Water’s intention is to wait
until all the meter readings for
January are in so we have good
data on which to base decisions.
The Board and staff have met a
number of times to discuss ideas
and decisions on support will be
resolved in February.
We note that the first support for loss
would
normally
come
from
insurance. There are a wide range
of sources of help coming from
different groups. For example, a
government payment of $1000 for
just about anyone who was
affected is being administered
through the shires.
Unfortunately this misunderstands
the situation. Harvey Water does
not own the irrigation water in the
dams; it is owned by cooperative
members and is theirs to control.
However, there is one thing that
irrigators could do to help their
fellow members and that is to
make water available for trade if
you aren’t going to use it.
The market for temporary traded
water has been up to $45 per TWE
which means that you can get
back some of the fixed charges
that you pay.
You don’t lose your water as your
full entitlement resets on 1 October
each year.
It is very easy to use our new online HWOT system to sell your water.
It will take you about 10 minutes to
Register if you come into the office
where Julie will help you.
When you are registered you can
Buy and Sell TWE in any volume, at
any time and can set and change
the price as you wish.
Irrigators who have used it are very
pleased at the ease and speed of
the trade.
PLEASE CONSIDER PUTTING YOUR
EXCESS WATER UP FOR TRADE ON
HWOT. Thanks
WATER AVAILABILITY
Some people have suggested that
Harvey Water could make more
water available to replace water
used in fire control.
Please contact Geoff Calder at Harvey
Water on Tel: 9729 0100 for further
information on any of the items above
South West Irrigation Management Cooperative Limited Trading as Harvey Water
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