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Water usage surging

By johnboy 19 October 2006 17

The ABC reports that crisis and restriction fatigue has set in amongst Canberrans (as was inevitable) and water usage is rising again despite restrictions.

Why let your garden shrivel when your neighbour is watering their concrete without consequence and the price of the stuff is just so low?

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VYBerlinaV8 1:08 pm 23 Oct 06

If we planned for our water needs properly it wouldn’t matter whether we watered our gardens or not. Australia is a dry place that sometimes get rain. When it rains we need to catch and store LOTS of the water. Build more dams! Build more water tanks!

KaneO 8:00 pm 21 Oct 06

I saw stats somewhere that indicated that domestic use of water outdoors accounted for 2% of daily use.
Wot happens when we get an odds and evens system is that everyone waters their green things every 2nd day instead of once or twice a week.
I did hose down some piles of dirt today, (redoing the yard) anyone who has a problem with that should consider the extra water that would have been required for 3 neighbours to each redo 2-3 loads of laundry as it would have been covered in lovely grey clay.

Jazz 9:00 am 20 Oct 06

true AD. As my father is fond of saying, there is no less water. its just not where we would like it.

Pandy 8:48 pm 19 Oct 06

Same here Vic. I will double the sprinkler time too.

Vic Bitterman 7:57 pm 19 Oct 06

Hmmm that reminds me. Better put me sprinkers on.

el 4:37 pm 19 Oct 06

I used to have a lawn…..but prefer it dry and brown – needs less mowing.

Absent Diane 1:42 pm 19 Oct 06

don’t have a lawn.. so I don’t water. which I think means that I can get away with 2 showers a day minimum. it all gets recycled in the end anyway!!

VYBerlinaV8 1:42 pm 19 Oct 06

I water my lemon tree with, ah, recycled water.

smilesr 12:49 pm 19 Oct 06

Last time I bust a gut complying with restrictions and cutting down on watering the garden, a great fire nearly burnt us to a crisp, helped along through the suburb by everyone else’s diligently unwatered, tinderdry gardens. Won’t fall for that again. I believe anyone living on the outer urban edge should have an exemption so that they can keep the gardens green and damp thereby providing a buffer should a next big fire come along.

bonfire 12:47 pm 19 Oct 06

i water the lawn with an elaborate system of pipes and hoses originating from my washing machine.

Mr Evil 11:43 am 19 Oct 06

That’s true Seepi – I was out watering some plants the other day and I suddenly thought “what stage restrictions are we on now?”.

barking toad 11:42 am 19 Oct 06

Restrictions? I give the garden a good soak once a week (less if there’s ever decent rain).

Since the “restrictions” most neighbours religiously water unnecessarily every second day.

Lower the minimum usage amount and have a nominal fee for it. Then charge like wounded bulls for excess use.

seepi 10:56 am 19 Oct 06

They seem to change the restrictions so often who can remember what they are right now.

smokey2 10:37 am 19 Oct 06

I am waiting for the smelly unwashed folks of Yass and Goulbourn to lauch a raid on the Canberra water supply.

Mr Evil 10:37 am 19 Oct 06

Okay, own up: who’s been flushing their toilet everytime they use it?

If it’s yellow, let it mello – if it’s brown, flush it down!

Ralph 10:34 am 19 Oct 06

Water restrictions are communist. But then Nohope would be into that sort of thing.

che 10:33 am 19 Oct 06

ACTEW didn’t want their profits to dry up

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