Thursday, November 27, 2008

Summer has Arrived

We have had a real cold snap this last week. Saturday it was as bleak as it comes. We had thunderstorms and hail all day. Tuesday, on the other hand dawned clear and pure. The day warmed quickly and by the end of it, the sky had that dusty, slightly bleached look that only summer can bring. It may be a week early, but summer has arrived.

I don't know how to feel about that yet. While I simply ADORE all the fruit that only good heat can bring, I worry eternally about the levels of our dams. Our government has decided that instead of biting the bullet and bringing tougher water restrictions to the metropolitan areas, they have {ahem} suggested that we all bear the burden and try to aim for 155 litres water consumption per person per day. I've never heard any thing more stupid in all my life. We have been battling a dought for years now, our dams are below half full and anyone who cares about mother nature has reduced their water consumption at least 3 years ago. Most of us that care are well below the suggested water consumption anyway. The people left fall into two categories - those who don't care and business. No one in these groups are going to voluntarily reduce their water consumption!

So what do we do? Do we sit back and wait for our water to run out?

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1 comment:

daharja said...

That's crazy.

I remember, in our home of 4 people, our daily use was in the low 300s for water a couple of years ago, and that was without a water tank of our own for the garden or anything. 155 litres is NOT a low amount - we'd go up to use that amount!

I also know that if our government is going to get serious about water usage, we need to tackle industry. I remember reading not so long ago that Roxby uses more water that the WHOLE of metropolitan Melbourne! One mine more than nearly 4 million people! That's nuts!

So what that tells you is the government ISN'T serious. Water restrictions are a joke to make it look like something is being done.

Until every home by law has a rainwater tank, there are restrictions that are enforced on all industry and businesses, and laws that are tight are drilled - oh, and Aussies are actually charged appropriately for the amount they use, so for example, you get the first 50 litres per person really cheap, then it skyrockets after the first hundred per day - until then, we'll know the government is just having a lark.

I'll get down from my soapbox now.


(good post, by the way!)