December 1, 2011
Melburnians could return to the bad old days of wasting water after a decision to ease water restrictions, says the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).
The ATA believes the lifting of restrictions back to Stage 1, after years of commitment to water saving by successive Victorian governments and hundreds of thousands of Melburnians, is a step in the wrong direction.
Adam Maxey, the ATA’s water projects manager, said the move by the Victorian Government was short-sighted given people had adapted their homes and lifestyles to wise water use in recent years.
“The decision by the government will allow complacency to creep back into the community simply because it has been raining lately and a desalination plant is on the way,” he said.
“Going back to Stage 1 encourages us to return to the bad old days of Water Wallies.”
Current water usage in Melbourne is about 146 litres per person each day. The return to Stage 1 will mean people are able to use hoses to water lawns and wash cars.
“While 146 litres a day per person is commendable, we can only maintain these levels by continuing to promote and encourage water efficiency strategies and water conservation technologies,” Mr Maxey said.
“Watering your lawns with a hose or sprinkler and hosing down vehicles is inefficient and wasteful and we should never go back to these archaic ways of using, or rather, wasting water.”
Mr Maxey called on the Victorian Government to do more to show it was committed to water efficiency.
The ATA has consistently pushed for water conservation in homes across Australia. In October it launched the Tankulator, a free online rainwater harvesting calculator that allows households to be more water efficient with rainwater tanks.
The ATA is a not-for-profit consumer-based organization promoting renewable energy, water saving and sustainable building design.
ATA water projects manager Adam Maxey on 0413 467 610.