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Time to look closely at our water

The Beagle Editor, The weather prediction is for an El Nino which means very little rain at least for the next few months. We are at the end of winter and already in a declared drought with a serious bush fire season ahead. Yet I have recently seen fixed sprinklers on grassy footpaths with pure fresh water running down the gutter. Insane situation. Hopefully there are not too many of these ignorant selfish people but it means we need government and/or councils to ban fixed sprinklers immediately. I wonder about our national water strategy for the future. Water education should be public, regular and directed to all in the community, especially in cities with increasingly large immigrant populations. Big cities will be sucking water from regional areas to supply excessive populations and there will be an impact on sustainable river flows.

Politicians and bureaucrats seem to think water restrictions are ‘bad’ and a last resort . We live in the driest continent on Earth so we need it to be acceptable and ‘good’ to conserve and not waste water as part of being an Australian.

Gary Smith, Tuross Head.


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