22 July 2007

Water2WATER discussion

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Stuart Khan is a Sydney based water researcher and creator of a blog entitled Water Recycling In Australia.

The blog’s stated aim is to provide;

“An unemotional and rational discussion of the facts as best that they can be scientifically supported”. The aim of this blog is to make information available to concerned or interested members of the community.

With this in mind Stuart has being looking at the ACT’s consideration into developing a planned indirect potable water recycling scheme. Well last week the final report by the Expect Panel on Health was released. Stuart has looked at the report and discussion has commenced on his site but already criticism is strong. To quote one commenter:

This is a system which will have extraordinary overheads, hail , rain or shine, I believe that the artificial wetlands as proposed will be unattainable. On viewing the area, there appears to be insufficient capacity to enable transit times of weeks necessary to effect biological filtration, a fact raised in one of the studies . It would seem that transit times are likely to be in terms of days or even hours in periods of heavy rainfall.
The whole idea is based on fallacious assumptions, scant regard for science (especially gravity and the cost of overcoming it) and an apparent total rejection of economics.

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And an excellent piece in the Weekend Australian (I don’t always agree with Ms Shanahan, but in this instance I do, totally)

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