Water SanityA recycled water pipe should be an option for Melbourne
As Victoria's North-South pipeline is poised to be switched on this month to relax Melbourne's water restrictions, with water to be taken from irrigated agriculture and environmental flows, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is calling on the State Government to consider alternatives to pumping water from the North.
VFF President Andrew Broad said that Melbourne's medium term infrastructure plan should include a recycled water pipe which runs from the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee to the Eastern Treatment Plant in Bangholme. The pipe could run parallel to the city's Ring Road with the potential to feed a dual water system across a significant part of suburban Melbourne, especially new development areas.
'As we approach this year's State Election it's time to stop talking about taking water from country people and start talking about real alternatives to increase Melbourne's water efficiency,' Mr Broad said.
'If as a state we are serious about taking water from productive agriculture to flush suburban toilets and water Melbourne's gardens, we should be just as serious about infrastructure alternatives that will maximize Melbourne's water supply for the next hundred years.'
'A dual water system for Melbourne should be on the table, recycled water use for the city must be on the table.'
'Melburnian's deserve to buy fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally within Victoria. Unless we consider every sustainable option for Melbourne's future water supply, including new dams and compulsory grey water in new subdivisions, governments will continue to be tempted to take water from farmers and the environment through a pipeline that has never been supported by country Victorians.'
'It's time, that in a first world country, we start to seriously consider how we use recycled water in Melbourne and throughout our communities. A recycled water pipe and dual water system for the city is a nation building infrastructure goal we should consider,' Mr Broad concluded.
January 18th, 2010 | '¨ 0 Comments | 'Þ Pipeline, Recycled water
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