The Canberra Times reports that the Green MLA, Deb Foskey, has criticised Actew’s approach to water restrictions as too lenient and seems to be implying that a lack of enforcement has led to people maintaining unsustainable gardens.
Although I don’t believe that people are continuing to maintain unsustainable gardens, I do agree with her stance on enforcement.
Afterall, there is not much point in having water restrictions if nothing happens when you break them.
Personally, I believe that, given the length of time we have gone without decent rain, that the current government, instead of simply slapping restrictions on water use, should have started planning for this many years ago.
So, congratulations to Ms Foskey for bringing it up, but now lets see her follow up with mandatory water tanks for all new buildings, residential or not, more use of grey water on ovals and parks, and a decent government subsidy for those who wish to put rainwater tanks on their property, without having to go through 100s of metres of red tape to get it all approved.
[ED – Or how about putting a sensible price on the bloody stuff and let people make their own decisions about what sort of garden they’re willing to pay for and what sort of water saving systems they’d like to put in place?]