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What do we think about roadside water usage signage?

By johnboy 21 July 2008 66

One of the more striking things about moving back to Canberra is the roadside signage letting drivers know how the city as a whole is doing with keeping water usage at manageable levels.

Good community service? Or statist propaganda the Vietnamese Communists would be proud of?

And what other messages could we have with these signs? Electrical carbon footprint? Assaults in Civic overnight?

Water usage signs are...

  • Rank propaganda! (47%, 86 Votes)
  • A brilliant idea! (53%, 97 Votes)

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What do we think about roadside water usage signage?
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BlackIce 12:54 pm 22 Jul 08

ActewAGL website has the usage stats, dam levels, rainfall etc for those who are interested:

PeraPHon 10:52 am 22 Jul 08

How many of these electronic water usage signs are there around? I know there’s one set on Barry Drive, and I think I remember seeing a set on the Parkway (I don’t go southside much). Where are the other ones? It seems to me that if ACT Gov is serious about getting the message across, then there probably needs to be more of them.

simbo 5:22 am 22 Jul 08

Some people on this site really do not understand economics or pricing of things at all.

The idea that you could save the cost of road signs and build a dam with that is completely ludicrous. The signs cost probably around a hundreth or less of the cost of building a new dam or expanding an existing dam.

And hey, if you both expand the existing dams AND attempt to reduce water consumption at the same time, you might just get a better balance of resources and not just eat up all the gains you get with the new dam immediately. Seems eminently sensible to me!

Kitchen Man 9:58 pm 21 Jul 08

Very sensible, practical idea those roadside signs. The general population of Canberra is a helluva lot less cynical than is the readership of this website. I think the signs have a positive effect as far as awareness and I believe that that awareness will actually change the way that many Canberrans consume water.

This is a serious long term problem and raising awareness every day is one of the problems.

Full marks to the powers that be on this one.

bd84 9:50 pm 21 Jul 08

I always enjoy a giggle driving home seeing how far above the target we were the day before.

imhotep 9:11 pm 21 Jul 08

Re: “overconsumption in the cities”

The amount of water a city like Canberra uses is negligible compared to what is used in agriculture, and any water we save in this city is little more than symbolic.

However, my point about overconsumption is that we city-dwellers expect plentiful and good quality food and clothing, at a cheap price. This requires industrialized agriculture, which almost always comes at the expense of the environment, either here or somewhere else. For some crops, like cotton and rice, this almost always includes irrigation.

If we want to live the way we do and save the environment, we will have to pay more for our food and clothing. Growing it ‘somewhere else’ doesn’t solve the problem.


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