Wa­ter use

The Chronicle - - OPINION -

NO MAT­TER how we ar­gue the cause of global warm­ing, fact is we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it.

Ev­ery­where you visit pop­u­lar ar­eas of Aus­tralia, we wit­ness ex­pan­sion. Devel­op­ment equals more bod­ies re­quir­ing wa­ter and food.

Grow­ing food re­quires wa­ter. To me this equates to a never-end­ing devel­op­ment of ef­fec­tive wa­ter stor­age such as dams.

Very lit­tle ev­i­dence do I ob­serve of such ac­tiv­ity.

Yet, farm­ers are wring­ing their hands and eye­ing off our large do­mes­tic wa­ter-stor­age fa­cil­i­ties, such as Wiven­hoe.

So far, when­ever a sit­u­a­tion arises for an ur­gent sup­ply of this liq­uid gold, as in the Tarong Power Sta­tion op­er­a­tion and towns such as Too­goolawah, Esk, etc, Wiven­hoe is tapped into.

This sit­u­a­tion can­not con­tinue.

We must up the stakes and not just sug­gest lo­ca­tions for new dams, we must ur­gently ac­tion for our se­cu­rity.

Never mind prop­ping up off-shore min­ing mag­nates as this Adani. Di­rect all these dol­lar ef­forts to­ward se­cur­ing sup­plies of pre­cious wa­ter.

Se­ri­ously, how can the sug­ges­tion that the Lock­yer Val­ley “har­vest” over top­ping flows from Wiven­hoe, to be­lieve we can store such over­flows in Atkin­son – Claren­don – Dyer which ap­pear to suf­fer se­ri­ous evap­o­ra­tion or leak­ing like a sieve.

Bet­ter to cre­ate deep stor­age dams at the head of our val­ley wa­ter ways. Worth se­ri­ous thought. — BOB FOWKE, Re­gency Downs

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