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Time to ease water restrictions

By sepi - 23 October 2008 93

Water restrictions have been very tough on gardeners. And likewise on car owners who like to keep their cars looking shiny and clean.

The restrictions have been imposed on us for a long time now.

Initially most people complied willingly with restrictions, as a short term measure to get us through the drought. But years later the restrictions are quite tiresome. And our dams are now full over 50%.

Garden watering beginning at 7PM is really too late for most people. It is dark before daylight savings, and even when it is light, it is dinner time in most households.

Sydney gardeners have also been given a special allowance to water any new plants every day for a month after purchase. That sounds like a great idea – although hard to monitor.

New plants do need a lot more water than established plants, so it makes sense to allow people to maintain existing gardens adequately, rather than letting them die off, and then be renewed with gallons of water in the future.

It would also be nice if the government were able to maintain some of our large street trees which are dying off fast, and will cost thousands to cut down and replant. Whole blocks of trees are dying on limestone avenue.

If Canberra ever manages to form a new government, it might be a good time for them to think about some new and friendlier water restrictions.

What’s Your opinion?


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93 Responses to
Time to ease water restrictions
peterh 11:37 am 23 Oct 08

Maelinar said :

what would you rather, drinking recycled water (shudder) produced from a need after we have relaxed restrictions and everyone goes nuts with water usage, or waiting until our dams are at 100% before we even think of relaxing restrictions? – are you including the incumbent Government and their ‘Environmental flows’ releases in the above statement about people going nuts about dam water storage ?

I am making a personal opinion. no idea about the incumbent government and their environmental flows releases. I am referencing watching the moron next door water their paths and aviaries because they can’t be stuffed using a broom. washing the car in the driveway. leaving the sprinkler running all day. and this when we were on stage 2. what will stop them reverting to these stupid wasteful ways? keep us at the current level of restriction.

I would rather we had 50% in the dams in the hottest parts of summer, than brown water from turbidity and recycling.

I suggested to mrs peterh about us buying a few lemon trees – less flushes for the toilet for me and the twins, when the trees are a bit more established, and the twins start toilet training…. just an avenue for me at the moment.

Duke 11:33 am 23 Oct 08

There is little need to relax the current water restrictions. I’ve got a full size yard, front and back, including lawn and it looks quite respectable.

We had good rain last week so the grass is near hitting my knees and the shrubs get a quick watering once a week. 7pm is not too late. It takes maybe 5-10 mins to do my shrubs in the cool of the night. 4pm is still quite hot in summer.

My garden is no shangri-la, it could always do with more water, but you don’t have to keep your garden beautiful, you just need to keep it alive.

Washing a car with drinking water so it looks shiny is ridiculous.

Devil_n_Disquiz 11:32 am 23 Oct 08

Just cos the heat in the sun ‘has long gone by 4pm’ doesn’t mean the heat in the ground has also long gone by 4pm.

The cooler the ground temp the better the use of water will be when watering garden, 7pm is a good time.

Danman 11:31 am 23 Oct 08

Not sure why people are soobject to recycled water for drinking ?

Its not like it has not been appropriately treated – we are not going to turn on our taps and have them spew forth a torrent of brown thick sludge.

Also, I am sure that water that is now drunk has had many things die in it, small animals, kangaroos, fish, algae blooms.

If anything, I believe that recycled water would be cleaner than current water at our taps – just on paranoia value alone.

I have my summer crops coming up and can say honestly that I abide by water restrictions, and have no problems with them so far.

I reckon ease the current restrictions when the new cotter dam is built and filled.

tylersmayhem 11:26 am 23 Oct 08

I say lets be responsible and wait till our dams hit 100% before changing much! And that’s coming from a home owner who is very proud of their big and sometimes struggling garden.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:11 am 23 Oct 08

I wouldn’t be averse to easing water restrictions off slightly. We have sliding scale, so maybe we should be making better use of it. Of course, we don’t want to go nuts and hose our driveways with drinking water.

Are we allowed to water lawns at the moment?

Maelinar 11:11 am 23 Oct 08

what would you rather, drinking recycled water (shudder) produced from a need after we have relaxed restrictions and everyone goes nuts with water usage, or waiting until our dams are at 100% before we even think of relaxing restrictions? – are you including the incumbent Government and their ‘Environmental flows’ releases in the above statement about people going nuts about dam water storage ?

New Yeah 11:05 am 23 Oct 08

sepi said :

Gum trees along Mt Majura and even on Madigan st are up to 1m wide. The ones on limestone are only about 30cm wide. So I don’t think they are dying of old age.

I doubt that the gum trees on Mt Majura that are up to one metre wide have ever been fortunate enough to have been watered by the government. To get to that size they must have weathered the odd drought or two.

Maybe the Limestone Ave trees are dying for some other reason – bugs perhaps, or even poison. I see where you’re coming from though, I have noticed that they are looking rather brown and wondered why.

peterh 10:57 am 23 Oct 08

what would you rather, drinking recycled water (shudder) produced from a need after we have relaxed restrictions and everyone goes nuts with water usage, or waiting until our dams are at 100% before we even think of relaxing restrictions?

grey water works well on gardens, so do tanks. I water my gardens once a week from the tank, and after every wash cycle.

I don’t even contemplate running the hose from the house taps.

Overheard 10:56 am 23 Oct 08

I can’t agree much with this, sepi, though having said that, I have to qualify it by saying that I don’t have a lawn or garden (they’re out the back and front but they’re not mine to worry about — that’s the owner’s ball of wax). And while my car’s overdue for an internal clean-out, I never get to worried about its external appearance much. So long as all the stickers are showing, that’s fine by me!

From memory, ACTEWAGL/govt got all relaxed and unrestricted a while ago when the dam levels rose and then suddenly everyone went nuts and surprise, surprise, surprise — they dropped dramatically.

I don’t have any hard data to support this, but I suspect that the long term prognosis is for less rain and more water use, so we’re going to have to get used to doing more with less. I like the fact that we need to modify behaviour, like think twice about the constitution of lawn/garden/etc.

And modify others’ behaviour. I have several challenges in the household I’m in at the moment, and while I’ve stopped mentioning the dripping shower, I’ve changed tack today and put a bucket under the drip! One of the owners has just returned home so it will be interesting to see if the bucket gets mentioned!!

Stop the drop! Vegetable rights and peace, meat-freaks!

sepi 10:56 am 23 Oct 08

Gum trees along Mt Majura and even on Madigan st are up to 1m wide. The ones on limestone are only about 30cm wide. So I don’t think they are dying of old age.

I don’t think moving hand watering hours from 7PM to 4PM would use all that much more water. Similarly with allowing people to use a trigger hose to wash thir car instead of a bucket.

It would just make people’s lives a bit easier.

They can always scale restrictions back again if the summer is really bad for rainfall.

tylersmayhem 10:56 am 23 Oct 08

I think the idea of easing water restrictions, just as we are starting to make head-way really is madness – please don’t take offence Sepi, this is not an attack at you.

Humans being humans, as soon as the restrictions are lightened, then people will just go nuts – wasting water and using it like there was never a water problem. Cue less water in our damns than ever before.

Slightly off-topic, but I think somewhat similar will be in the near future when those with mortgages start to finally catch up and maybe get a little in front – I’m sure they will go nuts again – spend, spend spend, then interest rates go up, people can’t afford their mortgages…history repeats itself.

jennybel75 10:51 am 23 Oct 08

I would not be comfortable with easing restrictions until the supplies are much higher.

Agreed. Seems a mite short sighted to think just because our dams are at a tad over 50% that our water supplies are secure for the future. Who’s to say that this summer will be any better for rain than the last. The restrictions we currently have aren’t terribly onerous, so lets stick with them I say.

verbalkint 10:51 am 23 Oct 08

keep in mind that our dams are at 50% at the start of summer, if its another dry summer we would be looking at a pretty dire state come february if everyone went back to their old ways again.

If i were you i would think of the restrictions as a new way of life, rather than a temporary stop gap to get the dams beck up to full again.

Keep in mind that water tanks are outside the watering restrictions

New Yeah 10:48 am 23 Oct 08

I wonder if the the large street trees dying because of lack of water or because they are very old?

Surely just because dams are over 50% doesn’t mean our water supplies are safe. I would not be comfortable with easing restrictions until the supplies are much higher.

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