Water Woes

What is it with our governments that feel that being elected for another term is more important than looking to the long term future?

Initial results of an extraordinary international satellite project provide yet another indication that Australia is drying out.

Based on current consumption patterns of about 1.5 billion litres a day, the water lost could have quenched Sydney’s thirst for more than 80 years.

Source: The word from on high: we’re drying up fast – SMH.com.au

We have governments who are scared to reduce water consumption through higher charges, compulsory flow restriction or any other means, simply because they don’t want to get voted out. The sustainability of our cities and regional areas depends on sound, scientifically-proven decisions being made and enforced.

Instead we get low level water restrictions that are not adequately enforced while we watch the levels go down on the news report each night. What’s a family to do? I’ve just had an idea for a post in the new year!


Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.