Which years were the Millenium drought in and for how long?
I meant more in terms of the preservation era with modern style water restrictions in the Sydney catchment. I don't recall steam being banned during the Millenium drought for example...
The drought of 64-66, was the cause of a full depot closing owing to the water supply failing, initially steam was replaced by 48cl for bank engine working, but the NSWGR closed the depot and all staff were transferred to anywhere they wanted to go.
There is also the potential threat of steam locomotives being temporarily banned from operation due to the increasing water restrictionsHas that happened before? Is it written into water restriction rules?
Other areas had severe restrictions as water supplies failed and train consists had more water gins than normal loading.
In this day & age of diesels and electrics, steam takes a very background position in more ways than one.
Steam has been in restricted time frames during summer months for some time now from my understanding, certainly there would be restrictions placed on steam working during intense fire conditions and likely in areas where there are bans on lighting of fires, which usually happen when conditions are very dry and the emission of any hot cinders could be the cause of starting a trackside fire.
The other area of concern would likely be when dam levels have fallen below set stages and water restrictions are in place for residents.
The Millenium drought was an on and off dry period between the mid to late 1990's and 2010.
I know steam is restricted in the summer due to fire risk for many years. I am talking about water. Your point about dam levels and water restrictions is what I was already talking about. So I'll put out there again...
Has there ever been in the preservation era a time when modern legislated water restrictions have caused steam operations to be suspended?
No one seems able to answer this question thus far so I'm ready to presume it hasn't happened before.
I wonder if in future it would be a 'good look' for steam operators to source recycled water where possible...
Fish, I don't disagree in any shape or form re the recycled water item, in fact I am of the view after reading how in some countries they treat the water used in sewerage that is perfectly ok to drink, there was a test plant put in place in Western Sydney some years back and people were given "treated effluent water" to sample and drink and none found any issues with it, but when told what it was treated from many were upset but most were not.
We live in a country where water shortages have been issues owing to droughts, how many extensions have there been to water storages in Australia in the past years, lets say the period of the Millennium drought which should have woken up the countries leaders to the needs for water especially given the huge increase in the population, through many sources including migration.
If Dubai can survive on desalinated sea water for the whole country then this country should be looking at doing the same, there was a plan some years back for 3 such plants to be situated on the NSW coastline in order to keep storage dams and rivers on the western side of the range to provide for drought proofing those regions.
I was in Taree from 1993- end 1999, while there was some dryness there and around the coastal areas there was no drought as such there, I moved back to Sydney at the end of 99, and lived in the Western Suburbs before where we again did not experience any issues. In saying that I was at Werris Creek in the 80's when the drought there hit in 82 and lasted some few years before the seasons returned to normal.
I doubt there would be any legislation that would restrict steam at specific times of the year, that is by government decree, although there is a general non steam period over the summer months and I remember reading in one of the magazines the heritage operators use the summer months to perform any needed heavier maintenance work for the following steam operating season.