04 October 2005

Who believes in water restrictions?

On the Labour Day public holiday I saw 2 people in a nearby street washing their cars with hoses. One was washing the inside of the motor. The hose was left running in the gutter while the engine was being lovingly caressed by hand. When there is no water left for drinking, will these people remember the joy of washing their car with the last supplies? The illegal use of water for this purpose catches on. Some do it in the dark. Each neighbour follows the example of the next, seeing that the law is rarely enforced. The fine is only $220 anyway. Still it doesn't rain. Bush fires have started. Where will the water come from to fight the fires when summer starts? Yet in a pamphlet from Sydney Water called “Go slow on H2O” which I picked up in front of Manly Library it is still recommended to use a trigger nozzle when washing a car, despite that any use of hoses is illegal for this purpose. Illegal use of water can be reported using this form.


Daniel Levesque said...

Water conservation is everyone's responsiblity when water is scarce. To waste water by dumping it down the gutter by the decalitre without putting to any good use is just plain wrong. A possible solution, set a water consumption limit and then charge people ten times the normal rate for every unit of water used beyond the allotment. That oughtta put the brakes on wanton waste. www.ravingconservative.com

Nils said...

I like the idea of the excess usage charge. The only problem with it is charging more for densely occupied houses (i.e. poor people), than say where one person occupies a 20 room mansion. It becomes a regressive tax. How about a swimming pool tax? Or a water allowance per person rather than per residence?