Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

NOW that de­sali­na­tion is our main wa­ter sup­ply, the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion re­quests we watch our us­age of wa­ter for the gar­den.

I find it rather ironic that dur­ing this ex­tended win­ter, the big­gest abusers of wa­ter are gov­ern­ment bod­ies.

How many parks and gar­dens do we see be­ing wa­tered (au­to­matic sprin­klers) when it is rain­ing?

I in­formed Bel­mont Coun­cil on one oc­ca­sion that this was hap­pen­ing and they in­formed me the area of con­cern, Great Eastern High­way, be­longed to Main Roads.

The air­port, which has had a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar road up­grade and plant­ing of na­tives, also fell foul of this prac­tice.

I thought the rea­son to plant na­tives was to con­serve wa­ter.

Maybe these de­part­ments could take heed of what the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion is re­quest­ing of the gen­eral pub­lic.

They may ar­gue that it is bore wa­ter that is be­ing used, but isn't all wa­ter pre­cious to this dry state?

Maybe wa­ter-sen­si­tive timers could be used. GREG WIL­TON, Beck­en­ham.

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