To all the Aussies.

Tara - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I watched a documentary last night, one of the speakers was talking about our global water shortage, one of the "stats" he threw out was that in Australia it is "against the law" to have a shower that lasts longer than 5 minutes. Is this true???
How is it enforced?
Do you all abide by it?
Or was this guy citing phantom stats that he really knows nothing about??
Australia has the "Great Artesian Basin" the largest groundwater aquifer on the planet, so I'm just curious, if Australia is indeed legislating water usage in the home, than in my opinion they are setting an example for the world, just cause you might be sitting on what seems to be an inexhaustible resources, does not mean it is going to be there forever and if the Aussie government is aware of that than they could teach a thing or two to Brazil and the midwest US.
Just curious....
Anyone?

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Tara - posted on 03/21/2011

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The reason they don't tap into the basin on a large scale is because that water is not renewable, that is water left under the earths surface by glacial melt a long time ago, once it is depleted, or reduced in volume, it will never return, rain water will not renew that resource. As well when you start extracting water from underground, you leave large air filled holes in the earths crust leading to instability in the structure itself.
Maintaining and protecting our fresh water supplies ie: our river and waterways, our rain shed areas etc. is the only way to ensure we all have clean drinking water for years to come. Singapore should be an example to the world on what happens when you exhaust and pollute your natural water systems. They have the largest treatment plant in the world, they are now resorting to treating and reusing their sewage waste for drinking water. All of what goes in their toilets is being recycled to drink. That is a desperate situation. In all of time, humans have known to try to keep their feces from coming in contact with the water they drink. And now this is our solution...
Keep an eye on your basin, make sure the ground above it is always protected from the interests of privatization and capitalism.

Alyssa - posted on 03/21/2011

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Ummmm, I am breaking the law and should be in jail if this is true!!
Never heard of it!

We do have water restrictions which means we can only water our gardens on certain days but limiting showers and household usage....NO!

I am constanly baffles as to why they don't tap into the basin...maybe it the cost? Maybe they are saving it for later...no idea.

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