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Leaking pond goes un-noticed

By johnboy - 24 May 2005 4

Regular readers would think the case for sane water pricing was beyond dispute. And yet money is still poured into compliance and education and no-one has given people a real incentive to use less water.

Now ABC Online bring us news that the pond at the front of Parliament House has been cracked and leaking 25,000 litres, a day and no-one noticed.

What’s the bet they’d have noticed if the meter had been running properly?

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Maelinar 8:33 am 26 May 05

I would be very interested to compare the current CSIRO figures regarding water usage against the guff that we have been fed for the last decade – I’m sure we’ve all heard the old adage “40% of town water is wasted on the garden”.

At least the truth is out there now, it’s wastage such as farmers having to truck water out to the desert so they can maintain their cattle empires and claiming government funding to do it, or like the fact that good old Mt Franklin water is consuming something like 250mega litres of water a DAY in bottling and earning up to $5ish a bottle nowadays (I’m unsure of the cost since I don’t buy it in protest) – yet they pay the minimum rate for their water supply!

At the household wasting water level – yes there are things we can do, and communally it does add up, but there are greater evils still out there siphoning the precious drop.

RandomGit 8:49 am 25 May 05

Restrictions are a handy way to place the onus and cost away from government. This frees up time and cahs for Whale saving and extra botanic gardens.

Thumper 8:19 am 25 May 05

Its a strange situation this water shortage. There appears to be so many small things that could be done to alleviate the problem and yet, nothing seems to be being done whatsoever, except for water restrictions, and I have doubts whether they actually work.

How about all new residential buildings in the ACT being required by legislation to have a water tank?

And what about a 50/50 matching grant scheme for older residential buildings to put in water tanks, without having to go through the nightmare of Corbell’s planning laws. I for one would be very interested in that. And it would save a heaps of water.

That is not a solution but it is part of a larger solution.

Could it be possible that there are larger financial interests in the argument and they simply couldn’t care less about how much water we have, they simply want to sell it to us.

And that government is well aware of these larger financial interests?

Canberra_unsung_hero 8:18 am 25 May 05

25,000 litres per day ? That’s a disgrace ! An absolute disgrace !

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