GER­MAN EX­AM­PLE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

YOUR ed­i­to­rial in the South­ern Gazette (Novem­ber 8) refers.

You pointed out that Aus­tralia is the dri­est con­ti­nent on earth. Why then can’t more house­hold­ers here col­lect rain­wa­ter to be used in the gar­den like I have seen it done in Ger­many - in ev­ery pri­vate house­hold when I vis­ited there re­cently.

The wa­ter is col­lected in a drum which is placed un­der an out­side down­pipe and used to wa­ter their veg­eta­bles in dry spells in sum­mer.

Ger­many has much more rain than Aus­tralia, but they still col­lect that wa­ter, which is free of charge.

It may not be enough to keep the pre­cious verges green but it makes a lot of sense and ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.

Also, al­most ev­ery house there has so­lar pan­els on the roof. It seems much of what na­ture has to of­fer is be­ing uti­lized to help keep house­hold costs down. ANNA MARIOTTI, River­vale.

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