Take action on wastewater
I’ve been at a Statewide natural resource management seminar at Curtin University.
The Australia-wide organisation has a strong dedicated membership, who are there to protect our natural resources to our best ability.
My passion is to protect our ocean and coast.
For many years, I have condemned our Government for not totally recycling wastewater or even asking the public for input into this important issue.
Nearly 30 years ago, the Water Corporation and all agencies involved accepted the option put to them by the people of Albany and that was to use our greywater for forestry.
It was done successfully and we all appreciated this.
That was done a long time ago and things have changed — drying climate, increased population, more water consumption and more wastewater.
The Water Corp needs to change its way in how it uses our wastewater; blue gums are not the answer, we need to recycle all our greywater.
Please, Government and Water Corp, get your priorities right.
Albany, Denmark and Mt Barker could all be supplied fresh recycled wastewater from a single filtration and recycling unit across the road from our tip on Hanarahan Road.
As for the Water Corp in Perth, it wastes many millions of litres of greywater each day by pumping it into the ocean through its five outfalls along the west coast.
Our ocean and beach are now being contaminated by micro-plastics. Micro-plastic is also being pumped into the soil around our aquifers, as the Water Corp is pumping greywater into the ground to recharge them.
Our ocean and Earth are under enough stress now from contamination. Let’s stop putting it under more.