Water storage in 5 Cities in Australia | Describing Information in a Table

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IELTS Writing Task 1

You should spend around 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows information on water strorage for five cities in Australia in 2016 and the previous year. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Water Storage Capacity and Volume (in Megalitres)
Adelaide 197,405 192,567 97.5 2016 197,405 114,756 58.12015
Sydney 2,581,850 2,448,064 94.8 2016 2,581,850 2,508,265 97.1 2015
Melbourne 1,812,175 1,265,605 69.8 2016 1,812,175 1,342,284 74.1 2015
Darwin 285,450 205,800 72.1 2016 285,450 217,560 76.2 2015
Canberra 277,839 277,839 100.0 2016 277,839 228,432 82.22015

IELTS Writing Task 1 Answer | Water storage capacity in Australia

The table provides details regarding the water storage capacity and actual volume of water stored in five Australian cities for two years: 2015 and 2016, along with the percentage of capacity available for each city.

Notably, Canberra was the only city to attain 100% capacity, which was achieved in 2016, although the previous year it only managed to achieve 82.2%. The city which achieved the lowest percentage level of its full capacity was Adelaide in 2015, only achieving 58.1% of its 197,405 megalitre total capacity.

Of the five cities, Sydney has the largest water storage capacity (2,581,850 megalitres) while Adelaide has the smallest capacity (114,756 megalitres). Two of the five cities, Adelaide and Canberra, managed to increase the volume of water they stored in 2016 over the previous year. In contrast the other three cities all had a lower volume of stored water in 2016 compared with 2015.

Interestingly, Adelaide experienced the largest change over the two year period, increasing the volume of water stored in 2015 by 39.4% the following year. In contrast, Sydney experienced the smallest change in its volume of water stored, with less than a 3% difference between 2015 and 2016.

Overall, there was no change in the water storage capacity of each city over the two years.


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