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SE Queensland's water crisis « Previous | |Next »
June 23, 2006

I was in Brisbane for several days earlier this week. Despite the rain on Tuesday, everywhere I looked I saw signs of a looming water crisis. Like Sydney, the rains were few and it rained on the city and not in the catchments areas where the dams were. Consequently, water levels in the dams were dropping --around 29% full at the moment. The result of climate change and population increases over the next two decades means that southeast Queensland will require new water sources to ensure adequate supplies to the region.

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The extra water supplies can come from only three main sources -- desalination, more dams or indirect potable recycling , including better demand management and rainwater tanks in new and even older residential districts.

If the rains are less and falling in the wrong places then there is little point in building dams.Desalinisation is expensive.That leaves recycling. However, I saw little evidence for trapping and recycling Brisbane's storm water, let alone its grey water. People seem to be waiting for the big rains to come.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 04:26 PM | | Comments (0)
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