IN DEMAND: Water Please owner Glen Mooney is helping to keep rainwater tanks filled across Lismore.
IN DEMAND: Water Please owner Glen Mooney is helping to keep rainwater tanks filled across Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Nino and Nina in balance

CLOSE to average rain is expected for the Northern Rivers during the coming summer months, which, paradoxically, is very rare in the area.

The Weather Channel's chief meteorologist, Dick Whitaker, explained that the area has been receiving below or above average amounts of rain due to the fluctuation between the El Nino and La Nina patterns.

El Nino (Spanish for "the child") restricts rain levels to below average, as registered in Lismore in November 2010 (79.4mm) and 2009 (62.2mm).

La Nina ("the girl") produces rain levels above average, as recorded in Lismore in November 2011 (126mm), 2008 (132mm) and 2007 (195.6mm).

Rainfall for November 2012 in Lismore is expected to be close to the current average of 94.1mm, according to Mr Whitaker.

This means less rain than registered for the last couple of years for spring and summer.

Rainfall is not expected to be as low as during the drought of 2002, when Lismore only recorded 30.8mm of rain in November.

Glen Mooney, owner of Water Please, confirmed that his water cartage services are still in demand despite the recent rain.

"We currently have a waiting list of up to five days, but we see a bigger number of water requests on hot and sunny days," he said.

"People need to ensure that the water they receive is clear and clean and also ensure that their gutters are clean when any of the local water cartage providers arrive to their premises."

Rous Water Technical Services director, Wayne Franklin, confirmed that the current levels of Rocky Creek dam are sufficient to provide its customers with water until the beginning of autumn 2013.

"We don't foresee any shortages this spring or during summer.

Rocky Creek Dam currently holds just under 13,000 mega litres of water, just below 92% of capacity.



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