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Water Restrictions cost 1 Billion per year: Report

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Water restrictions may feel like a thing of the past now with the high rainfall experienced over the last year, but in some areas restrictions (although low) still remain.  An interesting report has just been released by the Productivity Commission that estimates that the recent water restrictions have cost us more than $1 billion per year! 

One of the advantages of putting in poly water tanks is that you are not at the mercy of the large water boards controlling your water use, and in dry times, you have the option to continue using your water. 

Over the last five years, many people have invested in poly water tanks which has reduced the impact of restrictions on them, and given them some certainty with their water usage.

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Read further about the report released today by the Productivity Commission.

The Productivity Commission estimates that recent water restrictions have cost consumers more than $1 billion per year.

The Commission says most urban water users have faced water restrictions during the past couple of years because of the recent drought.

But Commissioner Wendy Craik says the hosepipe bans and other restrictions come with a considerable cost to consumers.

"You might have to put in a new garden because there are water restrictions, your buildings might crack, you might have to take your car down to the carwash to wash it," she said.

She says there are alternatives, including water trading.  Click here to read more….

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Reader Comments (3)

common sense really, water from the sky, fills tank, water is ready to be used .
Tanks should be mandatory, to act as retention system to ease pressure on storm water systems then to act as water storage...common sense really...

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdavid Ball

The only reason water authorities would relax water restrictions is to get more $$$ in their pocket. If they keep the restrictions permanently it would get ppl used to being water wise.... Self sufficientcy is the way to go!!

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Ha.. water trading you have to be kidding you do that and they charge u for sure.they have us tied up with water usage would be better to not have any town water and be self reliant that way there's no water bills amounting to thousands of dollars over the years and the water is better quality as well..

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

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