SMP wrote:I was hoping the federal government's "national water policy" might have included utilising the whole countries resources to benefit all EG- when the dams are full in the areas that get 1.5 metres of rainfall a year (when they do) that it is piped south where we have massive dams, some of which have never been full. The water could go back and forth to where it is required and even diverted to rivers and agriculture. The crowing of our wealth by our leaders is completely valueless unless we are going to put it to use in better ways than CEO's salary packages and share dividend's. A bit of co-operation and cost sharing. It really can't be that expensive relatively. I believe private industry built a north south gas pipe in WA many years ago. Scott.
Scott, it always sounds like a good idea but unfortunately its just so cost prohibitive, and the amount of energy required is enormous.
Here are some solutions
* Fix up some of the existing infrastrucuture. The Wimmera Mallee pipeline is a good example. It will replace a channel that loses 80% of its water due to seepage and evaporation. There are plenty of opportunities out there.
* Improve irrigation efficiency. Stop wasteful practices such as flood irrigation and fine spray irrigation. It will also reduce the impact of irrigated salinity (this is where the high irrigation causes the groundwater to rise and bring salts to the surface)
* Label Fruit and veg on water efficiency. Instead of putting stickers on apples to say where they came from, it could have a 1 to 5 star rating on the water efficiency of the farm.
* Ban bottled water. It takes 5 times the amount of water thats in the bottle to make the bottle. Don't kid yourself thats it healthier or better tasting, thats just multi national marketing crap. For example tap water has a maximum chlorine level of around 1 to 1.5 mg/L, while bottled water it can be high as 20mg/L (have a look on the bottle)
* Put water savings back into the river to improve river health. The rivers will be NOT ok when the drought breaks. They are simply being over extracted.
Just my Tuesday Night rant!