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SYDNEY, Australia -- Authorities will pump hundreds of
millions of dollars into projects to maintain Sydney's water supply
over the next 10 years, the New South Wales state premier said.
Those projects include a plan to pump water about 60 miles from a
reservoir south of Sydney to supplement the city's existing network
of reservoirs, said Premier Bob Carr.
Much of eastern Australia is in the grip of a two-year drought and
with the hot Southern Hemisphere summer months about to start, most
reservoirs around Sydney are only about 42 percent full.
Water authorities have already imposed tough restrictions on the
water use of the 4 million residents in Australia's largest city,
including bans on watering their gardens four days a week and on
using hoses to clean their cars and driveways.
Those restrictions have led to a large decrease in the amount of
water the city uses. Nevertheless, reservoir levels continue to drop.
Another component of the $570 million water supply plan will be
the installation of new pumps in reservoirs to extract water that is
too deep for current machinery, Carr said.
"It's a big commitment of infrastructure ... designed to secure
our supplies of water,'' he told reporters at the Warragamba Dam in
the mountains west of Sydney.
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