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Progress! On Water Consumption!

By johnboy - 15 July 2011 7

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It’s been a long time between drinks but the Measuring Our Progress website has cranked up to announce that progress has been made on water consumption.

Over the reporting period, ACT water consumption per household has decreased. Despite brief increases in 2005-06 and 2008-09, water consumption has declined from over 300 kL/property in 2000-01 to 200 kL/property in 2008-09.

Well done everybody.

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7 Responses to
Progress! On Water Consumption!
dungfungus 6:37 pm 16 Jul 11

Does this mean I can have a shower again with a real shower head (a pox on those puny water savers)?

breda 4:04 pm 16 Jul 11

I am guessing that one reason for per capita consumption dropping is the increase in medium density housing and small blocks in new estates. Having little or no garden makes a big difference to consumption.

Yeah, and the graph is misleading as per the first post.

gasman 8:36 am 16 Jul 11

dpm said :

Pessamist –
Though, thanks to the never-ending increases in prices and fees, water bills are a lot more now – even though people are using 1/3rd less.
!

I would propose that water prices are way too cheap. We are still using fresh drinking water to flush our toilets and wash our cars. On a world scale, that is profligate waste.

SigmaOctantis 2:35 pm 15 Jul 11

The drought started ~2001 and didn’t end until 2010. Is anyone suprised that water consumption went down?

dpm 2:25 pm 15 Jul 11

Pessamist –
Though, thanks to the never-ending increases in prices and fees, water bills are a lot more now – even though people are using 1/3rd less.

Let’s face it, ACTEW still need the same (if not more) income to function each year. So no matter how little water we all use, we will still (generally) pay the same amount of money for it. Such is life!

Watson 2:24 pm 15 Jul 11

How come they give us such old figures? The drought only broke in 2010-11…

Tony 2:16 pm 15 Jul 11

Devils advocate –
1 – That graph *looks* misleading. The scale does not start from 0, which exaggerates the visual difference.

2- Thats not to say we’re not using less water as a whole.

http://www.actew.com.au/Water%20and%20Sewerage%20Systems/Water%20Supply%20System/Water%20Storage%20Levels.aspx

The total usage has remained pretty constant, but our population has grown without an increase in total consumption.

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