Sydney’s drought: Aquabumps shows just how dry it got

Media Release 

16 March

Sydney Water and Aquabumps release limited edition photography series as a reminder of the role water plays in our everyday lives Monday 16th March 2020, Sydney: Sydney Water has today released a striking photography series from world renowned water photographer, Eugene Tan of Aquabumps, showing a bird’s eye view of Greater Sydney’s worst drought on record.

The aerial photos were taken a week before the February rainfall increased dam levels by more than 40%. The photos are a stark reminder that saving water needs to be a way of life for Sydneysiders, given how quickly dams can deplete in a severe drought.
The series features 14 striking images of the Greater Sydney and Illawarra region, from Clovelly’s dry headland and Surry Hills’ Prince Alfred Park, to Eastern Creek and the city’s dams.

In a stark contrast from his usual style, Eugene Tan, famous for his iconic water photography, depicted the lack of water in our landscape.
“From the air I was shocked by how dry Sydney was. We think the dry cracked land was only in rural Sydney, however last month it was on our doorstep.
“From people’s backyards to the beaches, so many parts of Sydney and the Illawarra weresuffering from the drought.
“As someone who photographs the beauty of Sydney’s coastline on a daily basis, I wanted to be part of this project to inspire people to continue to take care of our water resource. It’s so important we continue to be considerate in how we use water around the home. If this drought and project has taught me anything, it’s that water is a finite source that brings an enormous value to the thriving culture we have in Sydney” commented Eugene.
Catherine Port, Executive Drought Lead at Sydney Water, hopes the striking photography series will motivate people to continue to save water,
“While February’s rainfall has increased our water supply, we can’t forget how steeply our dams declined. This was the quickest fall for Greater Sydney's dams on record and drought conditions may return. In both the Millennium and 1940s drought there were rainfall events followed by returns to dry conditions.”
“I want to thank everyone in Sydney for banding together and doing your bit to save water. We saw savings of more than 10% to date since the beginning of water restrictions. We ask that you keep up the positive water saving behaviour. We live in the driest inhabited country on earth and saving water needs to be a way of life for us.
“From keeping showers to four minutes, to turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, simple changes can make a big difference.”

For tips and advice on ways to make water saving a daily habit or to find out more about the Level 1 water restrictions currently in place, visit LoveWater.Sydney.