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You’re being consulted about water

By johnboy - 22 March 2007 19

Mr Stanhope has announced that he’s consulting you over whether you want recycled water overtly added to our water storage stocks.

Actew has a whizzy page of propaganda.

The Greens never saw a recycling they didn’t like and Deb Foskey thinks the process is grand.

The Liberals’ Richard Mulcahy has also expressed pleasure with the proposal.

The real question now is whether the Federales will pony up some cash.

What’s Your opinion?


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19 Responses to
You’re being consulted about water
nathan 7:05 pm 24 Mar 07

I vote for recycling – simply to make Lawrence Springborg eat his words: “Maybe the PM can start by putting it in Canberra’s water supply”. Double the humour if it’s of our own accord. Smug bastard.

seepi 9:50 am 24 Mar 07

I’d vote no as well.
Noone drinks the water in a lot of these countries held up as examples of water recycling.

miz 10:52 pm 23 Mar 07

And if it came down to a vote, a la Toowoomba, I would vot No.

miz 10:47 pm 23 Mar 07

I would like stormwater harvesting, like here:
http://cweb.salisbury.sa.gov.au/manifest/servlet/binaries?img=274&stypen=html
I’m sceptical about a purification system for poo water. I would trust nature over human error any day.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 11:01 am 23 Mar 07

Recycled water is fine. Bring it on…

Widdershins 10:46 am 23 Mar 07

Info about Singapore here: [link]

Indi 10:20 am 23 Mar 07

Take a holiday in Singapore and report back what it’s like to drink ‘singapore sling’, better management of the catchment sounds like a more preferable before heading down the path of full-blown recycling.

la mente torbida 9:58 am 23 Mar 07

Hey Ralph,
hopefully the independant panel will also be concerned about toxins as well. Hence “The panel will be chaired by Emeritus Professor Ian Falconer, AO, Visiting Fellow of Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide. Professor Falconer’s main current field of research is water purification for toxin removal. Other members of the Expert Panel will be Professor Tony McMichael, Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, Chemical Engineer Ian Law, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and Dr Katja Mikhailovich, head of Community Studies at the University of Canberra.”

Ralph 9:32 am 23 Mar 07

The only thing that bothers me about recycled water is pharmaceutical residues.

DarkLadyWolfMother 9:05 am 23 Mar 07

They should stuff the ‘community consultaion’ and just make the bold decision to do what’s best for the community and the environment.
Well with the first, their version of community consultation isn’t likely to stop them even if everyone said ‘no’.

I’m curious though, as to whether this really is the best. If we’re recycling, doesn’t that mean less water goes down the river from our outflow, and therefore we have to increase our ‘envivonmental’ flows from the dams?

GnT 8:51 am 23 Mar 07

Fantastic! About time some sensible people started using recycled water. They should stuff the ‘community consultaion’ and just make the bold decision to do what’s best for the community and the environment.

Quote from some vox-popper in CT today “Anyway, the water we’re drinking now runs down the side of a mountain and through animal shit before it gets to us anyway. It’s not like it’s crystal clear”.

louise 9:29 pm 22 Mar 07

Everyone downstream of us who draws water from the Murrumbidgee Rver, the Murray river or connected groundwaters already drinks recycled water – our used water, treated and poured into the the river. In fact, if you count kangaroo and cow pee washed into the dams, we already drink recycled water too .

It’s not really a case of recycle or not to recycle – the health standards for the water quality are the same – but whether we trust the govt. to treat the amounts of recycled water to the standard we have become accustomed to, especially since this govt. couldn’t manage its way out of a brown paper bag.

futto 8:30 pm 22 Mar 07

I wouldn’t mind recycled water if it means that there will be no more restrictions and i can have a lawn again.

LlamaFrog 6:30 pm 22 Mar 07

Is it possible for us to vote the act government out of existance, its not like we voted for it in the first place.

Sammy 5:17 pm 22 Mar 07

It’s simple:

(a) Provide recycled water through the tap.
(b) Provide ‘new’ water in bottles, via supermarkets etc.

Let the market decide how much each option is worth.

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