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With no-one home water usage plummets

By johnboy - 2 January 2009 15

The daily water use target from ACTEW is currently 139 megalitres a day. Yesterday it clocked in at 104ML, which is 25% below the target.

As you can see in the pictured graph the holiday season has produced consistent large under-target results.

It’s amazing what we can do when no-one’s home eh?

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With no-one home water usage plummets
poptop 6:46 am 05 Jan 09

Seems to me that a target is a target is a target – if we’re in town we should be using more water.

Surely the government doesn’t want the community to underachieve?

Xbikee 11:19 pm 04 Jan 09

I keep hearing that I have to save water. For who? I like my showers. Long ones.

Thumper 9:36 pm 04 Jan 09

My, albeit small, lawn was once a lush green carpet of soft joyous and luxurious growth.

It’s now like straw….

sepi 9:31 pm 04 Jan 09

We’ve got no lawn out the front, but we need little bit of lawn out the back for kiddy play equipment to sit on.

I think it is really wierd how maintaining any plants around the home has become such an environmental no-no.

A concrete jungle is hardly going to help the environment.

Thumper 8:22 pm 04 Jan 09

Therefore…

Bogans don’t wash?

Aurelius 7:11 pm 04 Jan 09

Summernats starts.
Bogans arrive in their hundreds.
Thousands flee the city.
Water use drops.

miz 6:54 pm 04 Jan 09

If the Tennent Dam was built, it would have filled up after the last couple of downpours – then we would have plenty of water. I object to this artificial water shortage thing that keeps getting foisted on us. Greenery is much better for the environment than dead trees and lawn, as it absorbs loads of carbon and keeps the place much cooler. Home grown food saves heaps in travel miles. We have enough water now and are more aware of water usage, so what’s the problem?

imhotep 6:20 pm 04 Jan 09

sepi said :

(Sepi)”I understood the need for restrictions early on, but now that we have more water, I would like to be able to water my garden.”

Yes, although it seems that many people have decided that a patch of lawn is no longer a politically correct thing to have. IMO, in the scheme of things suppling enough water for each house to have a small garden isn’t going to make a difference to the Murray-Darling’s problem, but would make a large difference to the quality of life in this city.

I have a patch of lawn out front, watered exclusively by a 10,000 litre water tank. I have frequently overheard mumbled tut-tutting people walking past, along the lines of ‘doesn’t that idiot know there’s a drought on?’

I did buy a sign saying ‘Tankwater in Use’, but on second thought I decided that many people derived benefit from having a good whinge, so I never put it up. (I’m community-minded that way.)

sepi 5:54 pm 04 Jan 09

You need to water vegie seedlings daily in very hot weather, which we aren’t allowed to do.

And you can maintain gardens by watering every second day in the allowable times, but who is home and not busy, during every one of those times?

I understood the need for restrictions early on, but now that we have more water, I would like to be able to water my garden.

lujabe 3:44 pm 04 Jan 09

sepi said :

Dam levels are now over 52%, so gains of about 5% have been achieved during a continuing drought. I think it’s time for ACTEW to let us water our gardens enough to grow some vegies, maintain our trees and some grass for the kids to play on.

Sepi – those gains have been made in part as a result of ACTEW taking water from the Murrumbidgee river – they are not all the result of increased inflow to dams or low consumption. In effect, we’ve “stolen” water from people downstream (the Murrumbidgee does flow into the Murray ultimately, after all. Current water restrictions do allow anyone enough water to grow some vegies and maintain trees, by the way. However I take exception to the idea that we should be allowed to have green lawns before we have a sustainable source of water (other than taking more from the Murrumbidgee).

miz 8:31 am 03 Jan 09

Sepi, Yes! “grow some vegies, maintain our trees and some grass for the kids to play on” – and restoration of parks and ovals, including adding deciduous shade, would also be smart. All good for lessening our impact on the environment. Grass is a wonderful water catcher, whereas paving and cement hold heat and rainwater just runs off into the stormwater drains instead of the water table.

I’ll be using my sprinkler this weekend, as we are in for a hot week.

sepi 1:29 pm 02 Jan 09

I’d say more like 5% of Canberra maybe away.

Also it has poured with rain about once a week recently.

Gobbo 1:27 pm 02 Jan 09

Ruffnready – Perhaps only 25 percent of Canberrans are absent.

RuffnReady 1:01 pm 02 Jan 09

Actually, the bigger question is where is so much water still being used when 1/3 of Canberra (estimation – would the number be that high?) has left town?

sepi 10:13 am 02 Jan 09

Builders and the like are also on holidays and not pumping water onto the ground to prevent dust at construction sites.

Dam levels are now over 52%, so gains of about 5% have been achieved during a continuing drought. I think it’s time for ACTEW to let us water our gardens enough to grow some vegies, maintain our trees and some grass for the kids to play on.

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