Aus­tralia needs to re­think wa­ter­ways

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - — Don Rod­dau

WA­TER is vi­tal. Aus­tralia just doesn’t have enough to sup­ply our needs.

From the time the first ex­plor­ers crossed the Dar­ling River and found a string of stink­ing, muddy wa­ter­holes, there have been re­cur­ring droughts – this one worse than most.

Aus­tralia is sur­rounded by oceans, giv­ing wa­ter that can be de­sali­nated.

Cities have huge amounts of wa­ter that can be re­cy­cled.

Gas fields have huge hold­ing tanks that could be treated.

Wa­ter is far more valu­able than gas or coal.

I think it is time Gov­ern­ment re­versed their think­ing on wa­ter.

Rather than spend­ing mil­lions on roads, much of it purely cos­metic and with no con­sid­er­a­tion for the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally live there, it should be a pri­or­ity to pro­vide wa­ter for all, and not just big ir­ri­ga­tion schemes or wa­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Dirt doesn’t se­quester any car­bon. Lots of small acreages of ir­ri­gated ground add up to a moister and some­what cooler at­mos­phere.

It would be a good idea to study how Is­rael is mak­ing the desert bloom and per­haps use suit­able ideas from them.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

WA­TER: Vi­tal for our sur­vival.

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