Water release powers community connection

22 September 2019

Members of the community can enjoy the power of water at Launceston’s Cataract Gorge today, with a special water release for paddlers.

Hydro Tasmania is releasing water into Cataract Gorge, below the Trevallyn Dam, between 7 am and 4 pm.

Water is being released at five cubic metres per second from 7 am and then ramped up to 30 cubic metres per second over the next hour.

Water suitable for paddling can be expected from 9 am in the Upper Gorge and from 10 am until 5.30 pm below the First Basin.

Hydro Tasmania’s Production Manager at Trevallyn Power Station, Brendan Groves, said the water release will provide great conditions for paddles.

“Harnessing the power of water is something we’ve been doing for more than 100 years,” Mr Groves said.

“While providing clean, secure energy is our first priority, we also take pride in supporting the recreational activities that Tasmanians enjoy.

“We’ll be releasing up to 30 cubic metres of water per second through the day, which is the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool every minute and a half, so paddlers are in for a treat,” he said.

Those using the Cataract Gorge area are advised that water levels may change quickly and are urged to exercise caution.

Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s leading clean energy business, largest producer of renewable energy and largest water manager.

 

 

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Released for Hydro Tasmania by Bron Hill / 0413 592 638 / media@hydro.com.au

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