The Aussie blog, A New Green Earth, has been doing a great job of keeping the world tuned in to the water crisis currently happening in Queensland, Australia.
According to a recent post:
South East Queenslanders have succeeded in getting their water usage down to 137 liters per person per day by saving water inside and outside their homes.
The first of five treatment plants that will be part of a larger Aquifer project has been completed. Pipes have also been laid for over 25 kilometers of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project and over 23 kilometers of the Southern Regional Water Pipeline.
All projects securing essential water supplies to the region are being managed under accelerated time frames.
Level 5 water restrictions are currently in place in the region for all.
These include only using tap water in buckets or watering cans for the garden on allocated days between 4pm–7pm.
No washing of cars with tap water, but a bucket can be used to spot clean mirrors, lights, glass and number plates.
From 1 July, existing swimming pools can only top up with tap water as a last resort where a rainwater tank or downpipe rainwater diverter is fitted and the premises complies with three of the following, a swimming pool cover, water efficient taps and showerheads, water efficient toilets, or water efficient washing machine.
New or renovated pools may only be filled with water sourced from areas not under Level 5 restrictions. That means bringing it in by truck.
High water users must submit a water use assessment form to audit their water use and identify saving opportunities.
Welcome to the new world of Global Warming.
It’s amazing to think that there are still naysayers and those who are carrying water for the oil companies trying to convince us that global warming doesn’t exist. Here’s an area that’s home to literally millions of people, and its water supplies are simply drying up.
Things are so bad, the government that is resorting to drastic measures to keep people from wasting water:
The Queensland Water Commission will be sending 80,000 households please explain letters asking why they are using more than 800 liters of water per day.
The Commission has also discovered 3,000 homes using 2,000 liters a day.
The State Premier said these people will have until the end of the month to explain their water usage.
He has stated that he requires people with such water usage to change their ways and to accept the drought is everyone else’s problem.
The Queensland Water Commissioner say the current rain falling will only put back level six water restrictions by as little as three days, and the target of 140 liters a day water usage remains.
Imagine your government telling you that you must drop from 2000 liters a day of water usage down to target of 140 liters. That’s a drop of 95% — it’s staggering.
Or, in the words of A New Green Earth: “Welcome to the new world of Global Warming.”
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