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Weekend water use takes off

By johnboy - 19 January 2009 29

It wasn’t even that hot yesterday, and yet somehow you all managed to burn through a stonking 194ML.

So has everyone just gotten sick of emergency measures stretching into long years?

What’s Your opinion?


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Weekend water use takes off
tylersmayhem 8:27 am 20 Jan 09

Bring on the recycled water I say! Black gold…Texas tea – yeeee HAAA!

miz 7:11 pm 19 Jan 09

My rationale for using up the water quota on the weekend was, I can use my sprinkler tonight with minimum bother and I can water the whole place in readiness for the hot week to come. Or, I can stand in the sun for hours hand watering during the week when the temperature skyrockets . . . easy choice, really.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 6:55 pm 19 Jan 09

RuffNReady, I hear what your saying, but reducing use will only go so far. Eventually there will be enough houses and business in Canberra and region that usage cannot practically be reduced further.

As for the argument about needing more rain, I disagree. We need to think a bit smarter than this, ideally as a nation rather than a very small territory. Joining dams acorss the country would allow excess water from other parts of the country to be piped to areas that were too dry. Also, what about other methods of transporting water in?

Jivrashia 6:01 pm 19 Jan 09

17L? That’s a very short (2 minute) shower from a AAA-rated (9L/min or less) shower head. Most people use a lot more water than that when they shower.

Yeah… I thought 17 litres was way too low for a shower as well. The result of relying on figures from just one web site (a Uni in USA). Maybe they don’t like showers?

RuffnReady 3:20 pm 19 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Why the hell aren’t we coming up with some more realistic measures for improving supply?

Because supply = rain falling in catchment area. It is not that we don’t capture the water, we capture it very well, it is that not enough water is not falling from the sky.

Also, there are plans – enlarging the Cotter Dam, buying water from Snowy Hydro (stored at Tantangara) and piping it to Googong.

You should be considering the opposite – how can we realistically get people to CONSUME LESS. The average Canberra household consumed 240,000l in 2005, or roughly 660l/day!!! Does that sound sustainable over the long term, and especially during extended El Nino droughts, to you? It doesn’t to me. We just had 2 La Nina (ie. relatively cool, wet) summers in a row, and our dams are barely half full. What happens when the next 5-year drought hits?

From this one paper I read, which disclaims the accuracy of its data, they think evaporative cooling system uses 17 litres of water per hour for a 140 square metre home (a typical Canberra home).

So, that’s roughly a single shower sessions every hour.

17L? That’s a very short (2 minute) shower from a AAA-rated (9L/min or less) shower head. Most people use a lot more water than that when they shower.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 3:18 pm 19 Jan 09

Gee, that extra shower I’m having after getting home from the pool in the morning is having an effect . . .

Jivrashia 2:53 pm 19 Jan 09

I thought that evaporative coolers only use a tiny bit of water…???

Tiny bit of water compared to…?

From this one paper I read, which disclaims the accuracy of its data, they think evaporative cooling system uses 17 litres of water per hour for a 140 square metre home (a typical Canberra home).

So, that’s roughly a single shower sessions every hour.

caf 2:42 pm 19 Jan 09

They use little electricity, at least compared to air conditioners, but they do use a reasonably large amount of water

lisagrace 2:02 pm 19 Jan 09

I thought that evaporative coolers only use a tiny bit of water…???

Madman 1:48 pm 19 Jan 09

I think this deserves a poll!! We all love polls!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:29 pm 19 Jan 09

I watered the front lawn by hand on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Stuff it – if people are going to continue using watering systems (which they do) and evaporative coolers then I can stand for 10 minutes with my garden hose on.

Why the hell aren’t we coming up with some more realistic measures for improving supply?

tylersmayhem 1:00 pm 19 Jan 09

I don’t care any more. I now leave all taps going when I leave the house (kinda like the robbers in Home Alone).

I’m worried about the waterways that don’t get as much water as they used to. Hey, it’s my little way of helping. What was that saying…every waterfall begins with the taps left on?

Emlyn Ward 12:34 pm 19 Jan 09

All the selfish people got back from a month at the coast and re-filled their backyard swimming pools.

Holden Caulfield 12:33 pm 19 Jan 09

I’d say it’s a result of the current weekend sprinkler exemption (see below).

http://www.actew.com.au/News/ArticleDetail.aspx?id=944

The Brad 12:19 pm 19 Jan 09

ok, who left the tap on?

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