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Stop using water, ok?

By Kerces - 27 November 2006 25

Apparently we’re all using too much water and if we continue in the same manner the government will be forced to ban sprinklers.

The Canberra Times reports that our water consumption is 11 per cent above what it should be under the Stage 2 restrictions.

Despite the amounts of times it’s rained recently, rainfall is still at some kind of record low and Actew says this is concerning. They want all the plebs out there to “take restriction requirements seriously” and stop doing non-report deals with their neighbours.

The good news is that we’re still better off than Goulburn.

[ED – It’s a shame the Stanhope Government failed to understand the difference between emergency measures which people will support in the short term, and permanent measures which they might not, you can only go to the well of good will so many times]

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Stop using water, ok?
shauno 5:00 pm 27 Nov 06

Here’s my grand plan for fixing this and nation building as a bonus.

We build a Nuclear power station in South Australia fed by the Olympic dam mine.

We then construct a massive canal or pipe project on a huge scale from the sea to Lake Eyre powered by the above mentioned power station.

Lake Eyre being below sea level has a few advantages. Now lake Eyre being kept full to the brim not seen since the year dot will evaporate massive quantities of water into the atmosphere which prevailing winds blow over towards the east

Ari 4:53 pm 27 Nov 06

A drought’s the best time to build a dam – fewer engineering issues.

It will rain again and then everyone will forget the water problem … until the next drought.

Then they’ll wish they actually did something now.

shauno 4:48 pm 27 Nov 06

Yea but at this rate of rain fall it will take decades to fill up if at all and its not very environmentally friendly. Plus we waste so much water in the first place if we just recycled more it would help.

Pandy 4:47 pm 27 Nov 06

The dam price (if it could be filled) costs less per kilolitre too.

VYBerlinaV8 4:38 pm 27 Nov 06

Perhaps we could take everyone’s $2500, put it all together a build a new dam or two.

shauno 4:33 pm 27 Nov 06

If water tanks were mandatory for all new houses you wouldn’t notice the cost anyway. Whats $2500 on top of $350k for your new house.

Pandy 4:26 pm 27 Nov 06

Oh Thumper,

The water tanks are subsidised with a pitance as long as it is installed to the toilet/washing machine by a plumber. The plumbers will rip you off a lot to do so, including the renovation to the bathroom, toilet to install one of these gizmos.

The ACT Government should give a rebate for what ever water tank is installed as do several Sydney shires.

Pandy 4:10 pm 27 Nov 06

I disagree with your reality johnboy. One of those slimeline models holds about 3 hours of watering. Not worth the price to install because it wont get your garden through a drought.

Anyhow, desalination or filtering shit water to a potable state would cost less per kilolitre than installing water tanks.

Vic Bitterman 4:10 pm 27 Nov 06

Well said Thumper.

johnboy 4:03 pm 27 Nov 06

I think you mean tiered pricing Pandy.

And if water tanks cost too much its because water prices are too low.

Pandy 3:55 pm 27 Nov 06

Yep.

A bit of out of hours watering because you know your neigbours wont be in blah blah blah, is OK. What I hate is those very suspicious green lawns. And what really stinks is those people who have a lawn exemption because their kid is a bit sick. Ban all lawn sprinkler watering with no exemptions! Including those houses in Red Hill/Forrest with their bore water.

And increasing water prices only hits the poor. The rich cunts don’t give a shit about water prices. So there should really be a realistic base allowance per household which includes watering a few bushes. Otherwise stuff the bush capital and I’ll concrete everying outside.

Water tanks!! Blah! Read the CT on Saturday. They are way too expensive. I priced one the other day and what with installation it would have cost be close to $2,500 to install.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:45 pm 27 Nov 06

non-report deals with their neighbours

People actually do this? Wow.

Ralph 2:29 pm 27 Nov 06

You people are confusing the fact that if you start pricing water correctly (tiered is good) that people will start implementing these water saving measures on their own free will .

shauno 2:19 pm 27 Nov 06

What they have to realize is This dry spell is the norm. Even if its not we have to commit to policies with this fact in mind.

So what can we do.
1. Every new house built from now on to have water tanks. slim line, undergound, whatever.
2. Use proven worlds best technologies to recycle water
3. Invest in these technologies so we can export

4. Have tiered water cost approach so that after a certain level it becomes more expensive then petrol.

Um Im sure there are others

Thumper 12:58 pm 27 Nov 06

What they have done is turned the extraordinary, ie, restrictions, into the norm rather than having any sound policy to address the issue.

So much easier just slapping restrictions on everything rather than actually coming up with good policies.

Think about it. Is it ever going to get any better? Somehow I doubt it.

Is the government actually doing anything to ensure that there is the infrastructure needed to supply water to a growing population. No.

Gutless, lazy governance.

No wonder people are starting to get annoyed about it all, it’s not as if the dry spell started yesterday.

Where are the subsidised water tanks? Where are the new building regulations ensuring grey water recycling and mandatory water tanks? Where is a new pricing regime?

In fact, all we have is restrictions upon restrictions. As I said, lazy governance.

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