Clarity needed on water
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