Tuesday, September 12, 2006

What an outrage!

The government is guilty of huge water wastage. It's avoidable, it's common sense not to do it, in fact it will soon be a matter of life or death, but there's no doubt the wastage will continue. It's a disgraceful disregard for what should be done, what needs to be done, what we elect governments to do.

This is the driest inhabited continent on the planet. We're desperately short of water and the dams are drying out at an alarming rate.

It does rain, but unless it falls on the right place most of it simply runs into the ocean. No not runs, is deliberately piped into the ocean. Like this, a stormwater outfall at Balmoral yesterday:

Photo: Bob Pearce, SMH

Today's Sydney Morning Herald has an article Another great opportunity goes down the drain which says in part:

"...over the past five days 185 millimetres of rain has fallen at Observatory Hill, the kind of downpour more common in March or June.

But most of that water has gone down stormwater drains and out to sea because of an ad hoc approach to water conservation by the State Government...Sydney was slow in adopting stormwater harvesting compared with other Australian cities, (which) was more cost effective than subsidising rainwater tanks."

Now here's an example of innovative, sensible thinking from an even drier area, the Arabian Gulf. In Dubai what will be the world's tallest building is under construction. Outside is hot and humid, inside will be cool air-conditioning. The result will be condensation...and the building will include a condensate collection system.

"...condensed water will be collected and drained in a separate piping system down to a holding tank located in the basement car park. This water will then be pumped into the site irrigation system for use on the tower's landscape plantings. This system will provide about 15 million gallons of supplemental water per year, equivalent to nearly 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools."

You can read about it here

Meanwhile, our government can't even collect water that falls from the sky!

Most of us are doing what we can to conserve water, while our elected representatives are literally pouring it down the drain!

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