How does a city run by supposedly intelligent people get to this point?
Professor Young said Adelaide faced the real possibility of being unable to source water from the Murray by next year unless there were substantial rains next year. “We are now running the system on inflows without any dams. Where is the water going to come from?”
Professor Young said Adelaide needed to accelerate planning for alternative water supplies, including desalination, water recycling and stormwater harvesting.
The state Government has implemented level-three water restrictions and has a taskforce looking at the options for a desalination plant.
A spokesperson for state Water Minister Karlene Maywald said there was adequate supply to meet Adelaide’s demands until the middle of next year, with water-sharing arrangements beyond that still being negotiated.
Running out of water as a city is criminal. There are so many ways to reuse existing “waste streams” of water, sure they are expensive, but come on, it’s still cheaper than bottled water!