This is not a skippity doo moment, although it well could be, if I could get over being so furious with this blastard government and their crazy water rules.... There I was, standing at the bench cutting up lots of vegies for tonight's soup - all from MY garden - pumpkin, celery, fennel, parsley, garlic,and I haven't finished yet, when I heard a bloke on the radio talking about that horse flu and how it will effect businesses all over Australia and that some people are going to sue the quarantine office for letting it in. Well, I think we would all be better off without racing of horses or cars and betting of any kind. I would bet there are no restrictions on the use of water at those stables and what is that producing ??
Someone from SA Water was on the other day explaining how, in the last year, Adelaide households had used 14% less water than in previous years. And that it is estimated that gardens use 30 - 40% of total household usage.What is more is that of all the water taken from the Murray, the whole of Adelaide (industry and all) uses 9%. So what this means is that water restrictions as they stand used 14% less of the 9% we usually use and, of this, about 1/3 went on gardens. This amounts to about 1/2 of that wasted in leaks in infrastructure. Basically it is pointless and ruining gardens and green spaces that mean so much to a lot of people.The only people forced to save water currently, in the city, are gardeners. Businesses, schools, industry and offices etc have no restrictions.
My idea is to force everyone connected to a meter to reduce their water consumption (say, based on the average of the last 5 years) by a fixed percentage, maybe 20%. That means every meter - all office blocks (where people often shower and toilets are usually not even dual-flush),
all industries (where water is used once and then goes down the drain into the Torrens etc), all restaurants, shopping centres, all households....EVERYONE. This way we could use it how we like AND we would save huge amounts because industry will always find ways to comply when they really have to.
Cheltenham racecourse should become a wetland and possibly all 17 of those schools they want to close down could too. This would make wonderful spaces for wildlife, instead of for cramped housing full of hard surfaces and more problems. Also all storm water should be cleaned to an industry standard and piped off to make concrete, steel, wash machinery etc and potable water should be kept for the purposes it is meant to be for a civilised society.
What do you think? Why are we accepting all the blame for this water thing when we are the ones restoring the soil to a better condition than ever, burying carbon, planting trees and growing our own food and caring for our earth ?
Andrew, there are no photos because I want people to read and imagine..