Clar­ity needed on wa­ter

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

I re­fer to re­cent ar­ti­cles and the fo­cus on fresh wa­ter own­er­ship and dis­tri­bu­tion and the split be­tween self sup­ply wa­ter users and fur­ther estab­lish­ment of a com­mer­cial user pays retic­u­lated sys­tem.

To this point no bal­anced or broader ob­jec­tive views con­cern­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal flows and ca­pac­ity have been “equally con­sid­ered in the above” and the pub­lic should not be soft­ened into just go­ing along with it.

Pri­vate wa­ter hold­ers with ex­cess fresh wa­ter find it “in­her­ently dif­fi­cult” to re­lease that wa­ter at ap­pro­pri­ate tim­ing to the ben­e­fit of the down­stream environment, so for them to treat wa­ter as a valu­able com­mod­ity will, in time, as the cli­mate in­creas­ingly dries, draw them into the com­pletely con­trolled sys­tem and as­so­ci­ated costs.

The tim­ing of the Wa­ter Corp let­ter­box pam­phlets is, as usual, right when wa­ter here is plen­ti­ful and the pub­lic are still look­ing for­ward to sum­mer.

It left me also tem­po­rar­ily feel­ing good, I think the pub­lic for­gets who paid for the Bin­ningup de­sali­na­tion plant.

There is still the key ques­tion to be an­swered to the masses: how have the lev­els in the Yar­ra­gadee and as­so­ci­ated aquifers been, how are they trend­ing now and how will they be mod­elled into the fu­ture?

I be­lieve the lack of clear gen­eral in­for­ma­tion would sug­gest a fair amount of pes­simism in the pub­lic and stake hold­ers views. David Smith, Man­jimup

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