Sunday, May 4, 2008

Water pumped back into Australia's Lake Albert

Adelaide Now: Water is being pumped between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert to reduce the risk of environmental damage from soil acidification. The level of water in Lake Albert has reduced because of the drought. That has exposed the lake bed.

Sulphuric sediments found in the soil turn to sulphuric acid when exposed to air and the lake's present level will be maintained to ensure the chemical process does not occur. Work began yesterday to pump water from Lake Alexandrina to Lake Albert to cover areas which potentially could become acidic.

The level of Lake Alexandrina is not expected to reduce significantly because of the pumping during winter. Water Security Minister Karlene Maywald said it was a temporary measure to prevent the lake from acidifying and posing a health risk to the public and harming wildlife….

A panorama of Lake Albert by "Bidgee," Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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