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ACT is drought-free

By Kerces 28 October 2005 27

The ABC brings the good news that the drought is officially over, in the ACT at least (and there was much rejoicing).

Environment Minister Jon Stanhope said three of our four dams are now overflowing and as a result the Stage 2 water restrictions will be lifted.

However, he warns this doesn’t mean there is to be free-for-all water wastage and a return to the high consumption levels of the bad ole days.

“The centrepiece of the announcement today is that we are asking Canberrans to no longer, for instance, water lawns during the day ever,” he said.

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bonfire 3:41 pm 31 Oct 05

id like to see hydroelectricity turbines on the lake ginninderra and burley griffin dam walls.

of course id also like all new houses constructed in teh act to have solar panels instead of tiles on their roofs.

and mini hydroelectricty turbines on all downpipes.

anyone else read renew ?

Thumper 11:30 am 31 Oct 05

And it pissed down rain in Goulburn recently according to a friend of mine.

Maelinar 9:09 am 31 Oct 05

Some quick facts about Goulburn:

It hosts one of the largest smoked trout industries in Australia.

In Mossvale, just up the road, they commercially sell their water to coca-cola in Sydney.

OK the people in town at Goulburn don’t have any water, that’s because it’s been plugged up upstream for industrial purposes. If they got off their asses and stopped whinging to the Government and started action to return their waterways back to their purposes they might see a lot more action than maintaining their current regime of waiting for the federal government to pump them water.

Thumper 6:51 am 31 Oct 05

Bonfire,

Lake Ginninderra ultimatley feeds Ginninderra Falls into the Molonglo, then Murrumbidgee rivers, and if you’ve seen Ginninderra Creek in flood, which is pretty much everytime it rains, that a lot of water.

johnboy 5:32 pm 29 Oct 05

No one is proposing there not be a minimum amount of water supplied at minimal prices.

The water prices are here.

Off the top of my head i’d like the price of water over the first 100 kilolitres multiplied tenfold.

seepi 3:31 pm 29 Oct 05

I know a lot of people think water should be moreexpensive, but what about peo;ple who are not well off. Do you really want to see pensioners not bathing due to costs. Or single mums sending their kids outside instead of to the toilet! Access to some level of water at reasonable cost is a right in our society. Whereas wasting it on paths and luch lawns is not so neccessary. I don’t mind the new restriction regime. And I would get a tank if I had room. Not everyone is obsessed with making a profit.

Snarky 11:13 am 29 Oct 05

Heh. I’ve always found the idea that someone might think a driveway or front pavement “need cleaning” on a daily or even weekly basis pretty amusing/bewildering.

I mean, apart from the waste of water – what a waste of TIME! Don’t people have anything better to do?

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