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Water restrictions, amazing attitudes

By LanyonValley1 - 5 February 2010 52

In the latest City News.. (can’t find it now) has an article/letter from a Canberra person lamenting the death of trees in his city.. and in his backyard.  Draconian water restrictions… leading to loss of amenity and community.  Our “leafy trees and green lawns used to be an evaporative aircon”  built in to our verdant land.. until that nasty gummint stopped us using water, like it was.   He disputes the government advice that our trees are concurrently dying due to old age, particularly the exotics like oaks and elms, but the drought is not helping either the government admits.

Mypoic. Parochial. Nimby. Selfish. Narrow-minded. are some of the descriptors I give people like him.

I’d love to drive him out to our highest, best dam in our highest rainfall area (Corin Dam) and show him how bad things are. At roughly 50% full and falling, Corin is the backup, the reserve… the thing we will call on when times get tough. The other ‘bigger’ dam over the border in NSW (Googong) next to Queanbeyan is ineffective and low .  Built in a rain shadow area.

Current levels: http://www.actewagl.com.au/water/facts/damCapacity.aspx

He needs a lesson, an example he can understand: an analogy is where a small rural hamlet has one 3,000 litre tin water tank  and the 30 or so citizens have not had proper rain for 12 years.  Which is the case in Canberra with no proper consistent rain since 1998.   We keep using it like we used to? … that tank will empty very quick.   Dam in our case.

Hey Mr “I want my water back for my trees!” .. what will your family do for water then? Buy it from Woolies?

Concerned and upset,

of Gordon, ACT.

What’s Your opinion?


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Water restrictions, amazing attitudes
TheObserver 1:51 pm 05 Feb 10

Clown Killer – the troll’s troll.

And Clownie – note the apostrophe usage – there is no apostrophe in “petunia’s” when used in the non-possessive plural.

Or are you over grammar and punctuation as well?

In terms of watering there is nothing hair shirt about being responsible or even forward thinking. A plastic sink tub works great in the kitchen. It is child’s play to rig your washing machine up to pump into the garden (unless you are asking water to run up hill) and for a modest outlay you can rig up watertanks and there are many models that don’t take up a lot of room.

And that way you can be over as many water restrictions as you like without the Generation Me attitude of Clown Killer and keep your garden going through the hot dry periods.

Clown Killer 1:37 pm 05 Feb 10

Meh, I’m over water restrictions. If I want to water, I water. There’s enough of the do-gooder hair-shirt bigade out there dilligently saving their bath water for the petunia’s. Thanks for that.

To be fair – I was trolling just a tad.

We almost never water anything in our yard which is dominated by local south Canberra native species. Occasionally – maybe every 4-6 weeks we’ll see somthing in the yard that’s really doing it tough and could do with a water – when that happens I water it regardless of what day or time or whatever – the plant gets a couple of hours of water trickling from th end of the hose. Do I lose sleep over it? Not at all.

mr reason 1:06 pm 05 Feb 10

#7 How is it exactly that we’re stealing water from NSW, when NSW is actually stealing water from SA?

Buzz2600 1:03 pm 05 Feb 10

I too dispute the government’s claim that our trees are dying due to old age. Exotic trees and eucalyptus natural life span is many hundreds of years. Very few trees in Canberra’s urban areas are anything close being at the end of their natural lifecycle.

The govt’s opposing to mature trees is about liability and maintenance. They’d much rather rip ’em out than have to bear the cost or litigation that may be inccured by maintaining a mature urban forest management plan.

Grump’s right – trees are an important part of water cycle – moisture transpired helps the rain process. The drought, as the government also concludes is having an impact, you only need to drive down a few country roads to see the impact the droughts having on mature trees – massive numbers across Austraila are dying because of lack of water. Australia is becoming more desertified now than ever before. Now is not the time to be culling perfectly healthy mature trees. The govt can’t look after the new ones we’ve already got. I see stands of tree plantings across ACT now looking like sad graveyards with only the stakes and plastic covers left to mark their passing.

Responsible water allocation to maintaining urban vegetation such trees is not a waste of water. Did anyone see the sprinklers along Northbourne Ave a few nights ago? Most of them sprayed straight out onto the road not on the grass at all – now that’s a total waste of water.

sloppery 12:28 pm 05 Feb 10

At a friend’s house in Campbell recently I overheard the following:

“Everyone in Campbell waters whenever they want. We pay more rates than anyone else, and if the ACT govt can’t get it’s act toegther with supply, that’s not our problem…”

True story.

Joe Canberran 12:02 pm 05 Feb 10

Riot is a strange little place 😉

Btw Thumper; whenever I read your rank of ‘demagogue’ my brain converts it to demi-god

Jim Jones 11:47 am 05 Feb 10

Clown Killer said :

Meh, I’m over water restrictions. If I want to water, I water. There’s enough of the do-gooder hair-shirt bigade out there dilligently saving their bath water for the petunia’s. Thanks for that.

Do you also smoke at restaurants because you’re “over smoking restrictions”, or take a piss in the middle of public places because you’re “over public urination restrictions”?

Thumper 11:23 am 05 Feb 10

what a strange little post…

bugmenot 10:54 am 05 Feb 10

MsCheeky said :

…down to 37-38% a year or so back, and are now hovering around 50%.

The overall dam capacity rose steadily once Actew started pumping/stealing water from NSW. Not through good management or increased rainfall.

http://www.actew.com.au/WaterSecurity/MajorProjects/murrumbidgee_pumping_station.aspx

I’d like to see water usage detail by Actew based on residential vs commercial vs industrial. I’d also like to see the residential usage broken down by suburb as I feel that some of the “lower-to-middle class” suburbs are saving more water than the more affluent ones.

Holden Caulfield 10:37 am 05 Feb 10

Clown Killer said :

Meh, I’m over water restrictions. If I want to water, I water. There’s enough of the do-gooder hair-shirt bigade out there dilligently saving their bath water for the petunia’s. Thanks for that.

You don’t happen to live around the corner from me do you?

What a wonderful attitude you have, I wish we were all as cool as you.

Clown Killer 10:35 am 05 Feb 10

Thinking about this further, I believe that this says more about the OP than it does shed any negative light on the concerned correspondent to City News.

Imagine other people having a differnt view? Imagine people have priorities other than yours? What a bizzare world we would live in if everyone didn’t queue up to form a conga-line of blandness.

grump 10:30 am 05 Feb 10

sorry, can’t share your hurt “concerned and upset of Gordon” – “Mypoic. Parochial. Nimby. Selfish. Narrow-minded. are some of the descriptors I give people like him” don’t throw stones in glass houses!

trees are important part of water cycle – moisture trasnspired helps the rain process. If we become a dustbowl it won’t help. Agree we need to conserve but I don’t see the gubment reducing development either.

No real answers but we can’t afford to lose our trees and need to manage them better as well.

spinact 10:11 am 05 Feb 10

The problem with people like him is that the moment we get a little bit of rain, he thinks the drought is over.

MsCheeky 10:09 am 05 Feb 10

While I haven’t read the letter in question, I share the sentiment summarised by Ms/Mr Concerned. That is, I lament the trees and bushes dropping dead in my garden, and that my grass is a dustbowl. That does not however make me “Mypoic. Parochial. Nimby. Selfish. Narrow-minded”. It just means I’m sad that my garden is dying.

I don’t like the water restrictions either, but I go along with them. I look at the advisory signs around the highways that tell us dam percentages, and correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t they down to 37-38% a year or so back, and are now hovering around 50%.

Maybe we should ask Pastor Danny to go back up Mt Ainslie and ask the big fella in the sky for some rain?

Clown Killer 10:06 am 05 Feb 10

Meh, I’m over water restrictions. If I want to water, I water. There’s enough of the do-gooder hair-shirt bigade out there dilligently saving their bath water for the petunia’s. Thanks for that.

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