We have 23,000 litres of water tanks in Surrey Hills and are almost completely self-sufficient for water - as you can see by the information on this bill, including:
- 4 litres per person per day for November to Jan 2010 (compared with the government target of 155)
- 0 liters per person per day over the periods may to October 2009.
Yet the Victorian Minister Tim Holding has stated that "water tanks are not an effective solution" and Premier John Brumby as stated that "water tanks would have higher carbon emissions than the desalination plant".
Neither have responded to my letters informing them that they are wrong on both counts - despite me providing evidence that proves my point.
The Brumby government panicked during 2008-2009 when the drought was severe, and threw 10 years of water strategy and community consultation focused on recycling water and conserving it in the bin.
Instead the Brumby government has:
- Built the north-south pipeline at considerable cost that takes water from the deprived Murray Darling basin.
- Commissioned the world's largest desalination plant which will cost around $5 billion to build, and residents will have to pay the private consortium "returns" even if they don't produce water
There was no community consultation about either project and the huge environmental impacts of both have been basically ignored. "Parliamentary rule" from Spring Street is not democracy - its dodgy business deals that deliver really bad outcomes that we all have to end up paying for decades to come.
If the government had commissioned recycling and storm water capture instead, we could have avoided the expense and environmental impacts of both these projects.