The Canberra Times informs us that water storage is plummetting and water use targets are blowing out as more and more Canberrans tire of the many years of watching their gardens wither under the restrictions.
The solution proposed is still more comprehensive water restrictions which will, we imagine, be even more comprehensively flouted.
Thankfully some sanity seems to have been restored on the usefulness of rainwater tanks compared to municipal water supplies:
“Mr Stanhope said that, broadly, the cost of rainwater tanks to provide a substitutable amount of water were significantly higher than central provision of water via a dam and reticulation system.
For example, an expanded Cotter dam would cost about $150million for 78 gigalitres, but 110,000 rainwater tanks on all possible ACT residences would cost in Actew’s view about $2billion for about 11 gigalitres.
Score one for civilisation.