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Stormwater storage?

By johnboy - 1 August 2008 38

Andrew Barr’s having a busy day. He’s just announced that the ACT government is going to start pumping stormwater into aquifers for use watering ovals.

    The Government will tomorrow release a draft variation to the Territory Plan which will allow for storm water to be stored in aquifers and recovered for irrigation use when required.

    Members of the community are invited to comment on the draft Variation which can be viewed from tomorrow at www.actpla.act.gov.au. The period for public comment closes on 11 September 2008.

Soooo.

1) They’re going to re-cycle our wee for drinking but the storm water can only be used on ovals?
2) This worse-than-wee storm water is going to be pumped into the water table?
3) At the moment the storm water makes up a percentage of our environmental flows. Are we going to have to release drinking water from storages to make up environmental flows because we’ve diverted stormwater into aquifers for putting on ovals?

What’s Your opinion?


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38 Responses to
Stormwater storage?
Thumper 1:33 pm 01 Aug 08

does a farmer pay for dam storage

Kind of…

Thumper 1:32 pm 01 Aug 08

Southwell Park?

Mr Evil 1:28 pm 01 Aug 08

Aren’t some ovals in Canberra being watered with recycled sewage water (Reid Oval springs to mind)?

If so, why don’t they continue expanding that program instead of starting a stormwater recycling program?

jakez 1:28 pm 01 Aug 08

caf said :

I reckon the charging-for-tank-water thing is just a run-of-the-mill conspiracy theory.

I bloody well hope so.

johnboy 1:24 pm 01 Aug 08

Ahh now you enter the brave world of water abstraction.

Short answer is yes they do, sort of.

peterh 1:23 pm 01 Aug 08

caf said :

I reckon the charging-for-tank-water thing is just a run-of-the-mill conspiracy theory.

considering that the other states let you collect what you can from the sky, store it and use it, why the hell would you expect anything less from the ACT govt?

does a farmer pay for dam storage?

caf 1:07 pm 01 Aug 08

I reckon the charging-for-tank-water thing is just a run-of-the-mill conspiracy theory.

johnboy 1:01 pm 01 Aug 08

I guarantee you that every day worse things are being put down sewers than a bit of road dirt.

Thumper 12:53 pm 01 Aug 08

It all sounds good, but seriously, does anyone really think they’ll do anything.

i mean, it’s not as if we’ve just started water restrictions.

I’ve heard opinions from landscapers that the Gov will use the water tank rebate details to help identify who has a tank and who does not?

I’ve heard exactly the same thing.

tylersmayhem 12:50 pm 01 Aug 08

bugger that. I will definitely need my tanks now. (looking at one for drinking, and one for the gardens)

Don’t get too excited. I’ve heard future plans to charge owners of tanks for the water they capture. Obviously that now we are in drought they are less inclined – but once the drought breaks…

Apparently it’s been done before, and although quite absurd, I can see it happening. I’ve heard opinions from landscapers that the Gov will use the water tank rebate details to help identify who has a tank and who does not?

Like I said – this is not my theory, but rather one I have heard. Thoughts?!

caf 11:37 am 01 Aug 08

I believe the answer to 1 and 2 is along the lines of:

Neither stormwater nor sewage is suitable for drinking as-is. Sewage is suitable for neither, however minimally treated stormwater is safe to use on ovals. On the other hand, if we’re going to build a plant to fully purify either type of water for drinking, we might as well use the most plentiful of the two, which is the sewage.

As for the environmental flows, the only ones that matter in terms of our drinking water supply are the ones upstream of us in the Cotter and Queanbeyan River catchments – which our stormwater doesn’t contribute to anyway, since it doesn’t flow uphill. The downstream environmental flows in the Murrumbidgee (where our stormwater goes) is more than covered by the hundreds of gigalitres of Murrumbidgee water that flows in and out of the ACT unmolested.

RandomGit 11:33 am 01 Aug 08

Stormwater is worse than wee. Wee doesn’t contain anything that will kill you or make you sick (quickly). Storm water can contain any sort of road runoff (think oil) fetid organic matter, animal shit, business waste, you name it.

Here’s a not entirely unbiased but useful description.

If given a choice between the two, I’d wee in a wine glass and describe it’s characteristics like I had a clue if I had to.

Granny 11:21 am 01 Aug 08

I am hoping that Andrew will come along and strut his SimCity stuff.

Can we give him a cholera disaster, johnboy?

Go on, you know you want to.

peterh 11:08 am 01 Aug 08

bugger that. I will definitely need my tanks now. (looking at one for drinking, and one for the gardens)

not drinking recycled water, not when it can come from the sky….

iCanberran 11:06 am 01 Aug 08

Funny, this is the third time comrade Barr has announced using stormwater for ovals.

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