I read with interest the article on the water problems for Korumburra in the Sentinel-Times.
No wonder there is a problem, the dams are too small.
Korumburra’s Coalition Creek system at 585 millilitres (mL in the paper), Ruby Creek System, 1910 millilitres for Leongatha and Lance Creek at 4200 millilitres for Wonthaggi-Inverloch are surely barely adequate.
SI prefixes, as used in the metric system of measurement, are lower case for those from kilo and below and upper case for those of Mega and above:Kilo, 1000 times, is therefore k, hecta, 100 times h, deka, 10 times da, deci, one tenth, d, centi, one hundredth, c, milli, one thousandth, m and so on. Mega, 1 000 000 times is M, giga, 1 000 000 000 times is G and tera, 1 000 000 000 000 times is T.
In addition, metric units are expressed in lower case unless the unit is named after a scientist.
For instance metre is m whereas Pascal is Pa, gram is g, newton is N, watt is W and joule is J.
The SI unit for capacity is the cubic metre, however the non SI unit of litre is commonly used.
This was initially given the lower case letter el, l, however, in 1979 in America the upper case el, L, was introduced as the lower case el looked too much like the Arabic number one, 1.
This is the case for America, Canada and Australia but Europe still uses the lower case el.
Dam capacity is expressed in megalitres with the symbol ML or Ml, probably ML for clarity.
Ewan Cole, ex physics teacher, Wonthaggi