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ADWG. A re sample was taken from Bendora as well as from Mount Stromlo water treatment plant and both samples were found to be clear. None of these chemicals had been detected before in any of the water supply reservoirs. The detection followed substantial inflow to Bendora reservoir and runoff from the catchment, which may have mobilised contaminants. ACT Health was notified of both events.
(2) ACTEW advises that reticulated potable water is required to comply with the ADWG. ACTEW reticulated potable water is tested across a number of sites continuously. These sites are sampled randomly and change over time to meet appropriate statistical testing methods. ACTEW reticulated potable water as tested complied with all required targets, in accordance with the ADWG.
Reference: A comprehensive report on the water quality monitoring and results of the Canberra water supply system is contained in the ActewAGL publication “Annual Drinking Water Quality Report 2007-08”, which is available on the ActewAGL web site www.actewagl.com.au.
(Question No 124)
Mrs Dunne asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 24 March 2009 (redirected to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water):
(1) In relation to the ACTEW Corporation’s 2007-08 annual report, have negotiations for transfer of ownership of Googong Dam been completed; if not, why not; if so, will ACTEW make the terms of the transfer publicly available; if not, why not; if so, when.
(2) Is the Queanbeyan City Council engaged in any way in the terms of the transfer of ownership; if so, how and to what extent and effect.
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Commonwealth Government declined to transfer ownership of the titles covering the area of Googong Dam. Following protracted negotiations the Commonwealth agreed to a lease over the land. The ACT Government signed a lease on the Googong Dam and foreshores with the Commonwealth of Australia for a term of 150 years on 4 September 2008. ACTEW signed a sub-lease under the same conditions on the same day with the ACT Government.
(2) The Queanbeyan City Council was not directly involved in the transfer of ownership. As a condition of the Googong Dam lease, the ACT Government, the NSW Government and the Commonwealth of Australia signed the Queanbeyan Water Supply Agreement on the same date. The Queanbeyan Water Supply Agreement provides for the supply of water for the existing urban area and future developments providing that future development is sustainable and that the Territory and ACTEW will not be responsible for increased capital or operating costs to supply water for future developments outside the existing urban area.