Take ac­tion on waste­water

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

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