Drippers banned

johnboy 28 November 2006 34

You would think an intelligent Government would be worried more about how much water you use, and less about exactly what you do with it. Home brewers, for example, can use vast amounts of water in their sheds, laundrys and kitchens, but fly entirely under the radar in the current scheme.

The Canberra Times informs us that our Government is not of the intelligent sort. Despite current water restrictions doing little good they’re going to try and squeeze the conscientious citizens a little harder with stage three restrictions which ban even water efficient drip irrigation systems.

Because in Stanhopia, it needs to be written down if you’re going to be allowed to do it.

The best thing is that even if we manage to dramatically slash water use they’ll then have to just dump water in the river to maintain the environmental flows.

Enjoy the hand watering!

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34 Responses to Drippers banned
johnboy johnboy 10:08 pm 10 Dec 06

Oh look, I agree we need a basic water allowance (for that matter we need a basic food, housing and clothing allowance).

But use beyond that should reflect the cost of the resource.

At the moment our water catchment supports rice and cotton farming.

Forgive me for not feeling guilty about my shower when the water I could have saved will be spent growing cash crops for american agri-business otherwise.

nugget nugget 9:30 pm 10 Dec 06

johnboy, you make a good point however the thought of adding another substantial cost of living to the difficulities many face already with meeting needs concerns me.

johnboy johnboy 12:49 pm 09 Dec 06

Whoa! How do you intend to enforce population limits? (or shorter showers for that matter?)

Why this desire to compel others to your own vision of a perfect society?

Why not price the resource and let people decide for themselves if they want to spend that much to maintain their habits?

nugget nugget 12:40 pm 09 Dec 06

Seriously, with the restriction levels changing so frequently I can never remember what it is I’m allowed to do with the water anyway. I do all I can to conserve water, including using grey water on the lawn, but don’t think I’m actually doing as I’m suppose to according to the restrictions. As a responsible and concerned citizen I would never selfishly waste water or use more than my fair share. I was so disappointed to hear of a friend still taking half hour showers!
The answer has to be in limiting population growth.

sue sue 5:13 pm 07 Dec 06

none of youse whingers seem to have noticed that stage 3 with its exemptions is almost the same (and identical for gardening) as stage 2 (with its exemptions. The recent change is a PR attempt into getting people to realise there is a shortage. The number of houses which I see taking little or no notice of any restrictions is large.

and yes, the best way to stop this getting worse is to stop growing the city. if you feel the need to surround yourself with more people, go live in Sydney.

shauno shauno 11:05 pm 30 Nov 06

Yep I have to agree with you there vancouver

vancouver vancouver 7:00 pm 30 Nov 06

The govt chooses hand watering over drip systems because it knows very few of us have the time or inclination to stand for hours hand watering. This therefore saves more water than using drips!

shauno shauno 2:42 pm 29 Nov 06

Its a problem building dams in this area. First off all the good locations already have dams. Now we have the other locations but they aren’t as good otherwise we would have built there first.

Also it causes massive environmental disruption to the eco system for our native fish species. And no I’m not a greeny i work in the oil industry for gods sake.

Spend the 200 million that would go to a dam on recycled drinking water. Look people already drink our outflow from Molonglo down stream so no reason we cant.

This technology can be exported to the world to earn us billions.

Every new house to collect its own water. So if the population heads to 500k people then at least a hell of a lot of houses will be self sufficient for garden water.

S4anta S4anta 12:15 pm 29 Nov 06

fuck em. lets start drinking out of the lakes.

snahon snahon 11:36 am 29 Nov 06

You’ve hit the nail on the head Thumper…

Increase population = increase consumption = decreasing stores.

Reducing consumption assists in slowing down the decreasing stores but it is quite evident that consumption due to increasing population is probably the greatest factor for restrictions (Hence why over the last 15-20 yrs we now have bugger all water!!). So the only way to address this issue long term to build up more storage areas or implement harsh restrictions for everyone to ensure that consumption

Thumper Thumper 10:58 am 29 Nov 06

That is true young Ssanta.

Blessed for small mercies?

Actually, I was dead set against a dam but the more this government does nothing to alleviate the problem, the more I’m beginning to think a new dam is a good idea.

Afterall, projections are for Canberra to grow to 500K within 15-20 years?

Are we going to have stage 10 restrictions then when you are only allowed to wash dishes with your own spit?

Those people are going to need water.

S4anta S4anta 10:19 am 29 Nov 06

look on the bright side. At least Stanhope isnt writing needless press releases on the ongoing problems of the three legged, toad licking, galloping homeless on the steppes of the mongolian plateau.

Thumper Thumper 9:14 am 29 Nov 06

Is it too much to ask that our taxes pay for the infrastructure needed to ensure the prosperity and growth of this city?

Obviously not.

Damn, the old RA looks like it’s about to fall over…

miz miz 11:40 pm 28 Nov 06

I’m fed up with these restrictions. I just want to keep the plants I’ve got, alive. I’m in a ‘civil disobedience’ mood a lot lately . . .

Build a bloody dam and forget the Arboretum, I say.

And what’s all this about ‘environmental flows’? How much gets sent down the river? Surely this must impact on the dam levels they keep banging on about?

futto futto 10:55 pm 28 Nov 06

Im confused..

From the article…

Though the current storage levels had enough water for about 112 years unrestricted use

Pandy Pandy 9:08 pm 28 Nov 06

No sane man will hold a beer in one hand and spend 3 hours watering their lawns with a hand held hose.. you’ll try it once and then say “Frack it”.

BTW, don’t you love the new plumbing regulation that impose a permanent water flow constrictor at the meter, so it is impossible to have more than one shower going on at the same time?

Joker Joker 3:37 pm 28 Nov 06

Connect a dipper system to shower\bath waste water then start taking longer showers.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 2:43 pm 28 Nov 06

I can’t say I’m really that worried about our yard – it won’t be that much of a hassle handwatering a few vege beds, the fruit trees will be on grey water, the small square of lawn will be irrigated with subsurface grey water (with a kick along from the evaporative cooler run-off in summer), and a couple of small tanks should take care of the chooks. I’m just generally opposed to regulatory arrangements that haven’t been thought through particularly well.

smokey2 smokey2 2:39 pm 28 Nov 06

Great time for buying irrigation equipment if you can get it. Bunnings seem to be scaling down their irrigation area.

Ralph Ralph 2:16 pm 28 Nov 06

Anybody know who should I write to in the government to express my opposition to banning drip irrigation?

Never mind about this. Once we reach stage 3 I think people can start applying for a carve-out, oops, exemption. It seems these get handed out pretty liberally.

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