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Waterloo Station : a report for the station manager



Waterloo Station : a report for the station manager

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R. Sanders and L.R. Rajaratnam; Water Resources Survey of the Western Victoria River District. Waterloo Station. A Guide for Water Resources Management.


Sanders, R.; National Landcare Program (Australia); Rajaratnam, L. R. (Lakshman); Northern Territory. Power and Water Authority. Water Resources Division


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report No ; 24/1994




Waterloo Station


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Date:1995; On cover 'National Landcare Program'. Cover title: Water resources of Waterloo Station. Bibliography: leaf [10]




Groundwater -- Northern Territory -- Waterloo Station; Water-supply -- Northern Territory -- Waterloo Station; Water resources development -- Northern Territory -- Waterloo Station


Report No ; 24/1994


[15] leaves : illustrations (some colour) and maps (1 colour) ; 30 cm.

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MONTH MEAN RAINFALL MEANIZUNDAYS nyn JANUARY 160.7 11 FEBRUARY 1548 10 MARCH 1043 7 APRIL 149 1 MAY 6.4 1 JUNE 27 0 JULY 4.5 0 AUGUST 1.0 0 SEPTEMBER 3.1 1 OCTOBER 21.5 2 NOVEMBER 61.5 5 DECEMBER 108.1 8 TOTAL 643.5 46 internal fencing of the station into paddocks allowing control of stock movement dependent on pasture and water availability. The availabilty of stock water is a major influence on stock management since virtually all of the annual rainfall, which averages 644 mm (median 610 mm), occurs in the short hot monsoonal wet season between December and March (Table 1). For the remainder of the year, known as the Dry, temperatures are warm and very little rainfall is experienced and stockwater is maintained by bores and depleting waterholes and springs. During the Wet, when the streams flow, much low lying country is inundated by water. Recharge to shallow groundwater aquifers occurs at this time. During the Dry lake evaporation rates of between 5 and 9 mm per day (2.5 m per year) ensure that water .levels in creeks, dams and tanks, and shallow bores decline rapidly. TABLE 1 : WATERLOO RAINFALL DATA Air temperatures are high throughout the year. At nearby Auvergne Station the mean monthly maxima range from about 30 to 31 degrees in June and July to 37 to 39 degrees in October and November. The corresponding mean monthly minima at Auvergne are 12 to 14 degrees and 24 to 26 degrees. Similar temperatures are experienced at Waterloo. Existing waterholes and bores enable most of the lease to be within grazing range of relatively permanent water. The stations currently has 11 production bores, 1 equipped soak (Dura Soak), 1 pipeline supplied water point, and numerous semi permanent waterholes, the principal ones being Florrie,