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Mar112011

Do you really need that tank?

EVERY Melbourne household will have to pay more than $11,000 in water charges in the next 30 years before turning on the tap.

Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday said the contract signed by the former Labor government for the "white elephant" desalination plant couldn't be broken and households would have the red ink on their bills for years.

The Government yesterday said the plant's cost could rise to $23.9 billion - just over $14,000 a household - if the maximum water allocation was used.  Continue reading the article here.

 

The good news is that I don’t have to pay it. Hmmm or do I?

Ok, I don’t live in Melbourne and I am not connected to any town water supply. But will the Government - Labour or Liberal or Greens really make the populace of Melbourne pay the full costs? Me thinks not. The line will be (if they even tell us) that the pain needs to be shared equally over the populace.

DSC_2985 Now let me tell you my thoughts about that idea. It stinks.

Here I sit in a very small town in Western Victoria, not connected to any town water supply,

I am using a septic tank for sewerage disposal. I do have rubbish collection and I do have electricity supplied. (Just about to install solar power and hot water).

While most of the state went onto water restrictions over the last few years, not me, I have never been short of water. I have 45,000 litres of rain water supply and a garden bore. My garden has remained green and the fresh water tank handles three adults in the house permanently and handles influxes during school holidays and at Christmas. I am thankful I am not connected to any Town water supply, not only do I not have to pay the exorbitant water charges but I GET BETTER WATER. I like my rain water. There is an amazing difference in your tea and coffee, and if you are a water drinker, it’s just great. And there’s no chlorine or fluoride either.

So why don’t I want to help out with the cost of the Desal plant? Because I don’t believe it was necessary or desirable because of:

  1. the cost
  2. ecological concerns
  3. just another crutch for people to lean on
  4. and it WASNT NECESSARY 9000lt plumbed

Let’s look at it a bit. The dams were getting low, well if people of Melbourne didn’t use so much town supply it wouldn’t have got so low? I don’t think imposing restrictions was the answer. The answer is a fundamental change in ideas.

If every house in Melbourne had a water tank connected to the main supply of the house (say 10,000 litre) very few households would use any town supply during winter. Every time it rains, the tanks get water, a 200 square metre house saves approximately 3,500 litres every time 20mm of rain falls - that happens a lot every month in Melbourne and if there was a switch over system (to mains water) as used now in most new homes, it’s an easy system to maintain.

So assume you save all of your water during winter and lot of water during summer in the house.

Gardens are now a lot different from a few years ago. All thinking gardeners are now into water conservation and are much smarter with drought tolerant plantings, but it can be taken further.

There will be another drought, there will be water shortages, so enjoy the lawn but it’s going to die at some stage due to lack of water.

new display pics (4) So I believe you need to take the water supply into your own hands as much as possible.

You can use tanks to run your whole house and for restricted garden supply.

Be like me, green during the drought and make yourself as independent as possible from the government and utilities. It’s great for peace of mind.

Contributed by Alan in Portland.

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