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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Australian state prepares for drought after driest June

Melbourne: The Victorian government in Australia is preparing to enter into drought after an unusually dry winter, it was revealed on Wednesday.

According to a new threshold introduced by Premier Daniel Andrews, Victoria begins preparations for drought when dams sink to 60 per cent full, compared to the previous threshold of 54.1 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported.

"It guarantees we have a rainfall-independent, large-scale water supply to support catchments, our communities and water-dependent industries."

The desalination plant is capable of producing 150 gigaliters of clean water every year, though plans to increase its capacity to 200 gigaliters have been flagged.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the dry period was likely to continue in the spring.

"Following the very dry conditions in June and modest rainfall this month, soil moisture is below average across much of the state, and most notably in the catchment regions to the east," a BOM spokesperson said.

"In general, the recent conditions and outlook are consistent with lower flows into dams in the coming two months," he said.


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