Maroonda Dam
Maroonda Dam

MELBOURNE

Maroonda Dam

2010

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© Philip Jessu

Melbourne Water operates the Maroonda Reservoir. The surrounding eucalyptus forest catchment is closed to humans, but vestiges frequently wash up on the Dam.

Sugarloaf Dam #1
Sugarloaf Dam #1

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Dam #1

2010

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© Philip Jessup

The increasing frequency of droughts is stressing Melbourne’s water supply. The Sugarloaf Reservoir was at 30% capacity when I visited.

 

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Sugarloaf Dam #2
Sugarloaf Dam #2

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Dam #2

2010

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© Philip Jessup

The increasing frequency of droughts is stressing Melbourne’s water supply. The Sugarloaf Reservoir was at 30% capacity when I visited.

Sugarloaf Dam #4
Sugarloaf Dam #4

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Dam #4

2010

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© Philip Jessup

The increasing frequency of droughts is stressing Melbourne’s water supply. The Sugarloaf Reservoir was at 30% capacity when I visited.

Sugarloaf Lake Level Gauges
Sugarloaf Lake Level Gauges

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Lake Level Gauges

2010

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© Philip Jessup

The increasing frequency of droughts is stressing Melbourne’s water supply. Water gauges at the Sugarloaf Reservoir indicate how low the water has fallen.

Sugarloaf Shore #1
Sugarloaf Shore #1

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Shore #1

2010

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© Philip Jessup

The frequently recurring droughts affecting Melbourne's watershed forced the City to construct a large water desalination plant, which began operating in 2016.

Sugarloaf Shore #2
Sugarloaf Shore #2

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Shore #2

2010

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© Philip Jessup

Drought has enabled native plant species to take root and flourish along the exposed banks of Melbourne's reservoirs such as Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf Woods
Sugarloaf Woods

MELBOURNE

Sugarloaf Woods

2010

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© Philip Jessup

Droughts in Melbourne's watersheds have stressed not only on the city's water supply but native plant species that give these regions its character and recreational value.