Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance

Dedicated to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. This monument was erected to honour those Australian servicemen and women who served during world war one. Here you will find snippets of information not found in any tourist guide book!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Drought Hits Shrine HARD!

Melbourne.

The
"Garden state of Victoria"
is currently experiencing a shortage of water.


Extremely low rainfall has resulted in a massive reduction in our stored water reserves.

Check out our current reserves here: http://conservewater.melbournewater.com.au/

This has led to the state government implementing water restrictions, Victoria wide!

Currently 'Stage 2' Water restrictions are in place.

These include:
A ban on watering lawns for residents, businesses local councils and sports grounds. Specified playing surfaces can be watered, such as cricket wicket and golf green.
A ban on hoses to wash cars at any time. Cars can be washed only using a bucket filled directly from a tap, high-pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash.
Alternate day watering - systems can be used to water gardens only on alternate days* during specific times:- manual (non-automatic) watering systems between 6am to 8am and 8pm to 10pm- automatic watering systems between midnight to 4am
Gardens can be watered at any time using a hose fitted with a hand-held trigger nozzle.


Existing (permanent water-saving rules) that still apply include:
Hand-held hoses must be fitted with a trigger nozzle for garden and lawn watering.
Hosing down driveways, paths, concrete and paved areas is not permitted; and the water authorities are to be consulted before filling a pool.

Our water supply reservoirs are the lowest that they have been for many years. Click on the LINK below for a comparison graph for the last ten years.

Link:

http://conservewater.melbournewater.com.au/content/storage.asp

The Shrine Reserve has been ordered to follow suit and save water. All sprinkler heads have been capped and the grass, which has been used to a regular soaking practically everynight, has started to die off! ( See Photo ).

What was only a few weeks ago lush green grass is now parched, dry & dusty soil!

The only areas being wartered are around the bases of the many trees in the reserve. Due to constant saturation over the years, the roots of these trees have not had to 'search' for water, and therefore, they are just under the surface of the ground. If these areas of ground are allowed to dry out it is feared that the trees might fall over!

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