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Desalination plant for the ACT

By GnT 4 June 2007 43

Desalination seems to be the flavour of the month in coastal cities, and the debate has arrived here. The Canberra Times reports that ACTEW is thinking about building a desalination plant on the coast then pumping the water inland and uphill to the ACT.

The article uses the word “radical”. I would probably say “ridiculous” and “prohibitively expensive”. (Then again, many Canberrans would pay the earth to keep their gardens.)

Isn’t it about time we realised there is just not enough water to sustain our lifestyle, and adapted to using the water we have more efficiently rather than constantly looking for new ways to get more?

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Diggety 12:46 am 26 Oct 11

dungfungus said :

Diggety said :

emd said :

As for garden watering, we’ve been putting a bucket in the shower to catch the first blast when you’re waiting for the water to warm up. It’s enough to keep the potted plants watered daily, or could be used to flush the toilet.

Good idea.

……….until you get hair shampoo in your eyes, trip over the bucket, fall and bust your hip – it has happened!

Please keep reading- common sense was mentioned further down the thread.

yellowsnow 10:46 pm 25 Oct 11

dungfungus said :

……….until you get hair shampoo in your eyes, trip over the bucket, fall and bust your hip – it has happened!

Ha! This has happened to me even without a bucket. Only got my unco-ness to blame

Anyone who has tasted the cloudy water in those Sydney suburbs near the desal plant recently would not wish these expensive white elephants any city. Horrible stuff.

Worse thing is, to make the investment worthwhile the Sydney desal plant operates and supplies households with expensive water even when dams are near full. It’s a massive con, though at least they’ve got water security (well, until the electricity grid also goes down …)

Bramina 10:15 pm 25 Oct 11

What would be cheaper would be to build a desalination plant in Adelaide, and then take the equivalent amount of Adelaide’s share of water out of the Murray Darling system. The Murrumbidgie flows quite close to Canberra… It has the same outcome, one desalination plant is built, but there is no need for a pipeline. But then again Adelaide already has a very costly desalination plant that they don’t use because they have enough other water from other sources.

For that matter, it isn’t even clear why Canberrans should drink recycled water. We can just take more water out of the Murrumbidgie, and pump our waste into the river and once again, Adelaide can drink it our recycled water.

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