M Reade, Wilsons Creek
The Echo reported last week that individuals are still averaging 270 litres per day during level 4 water restrictions. That’s 2,000 litres per week each! A large rainwater tank every eight weeks per person!
The root of the problem is clearly selfishness, perceived resource ‘entitlement’ and the ‘ostrich effect’, in equal measure, combined with dubious geo-political water management practices.
Ask yourself if you really ‘need’ two or three showers a day? A shower just to wake up (try caffeine), to wash your hair daily, to flush every indoor wee, to wash clothes after just one wear, to wash cars, pets and driveways, to water lawns and gardens, to fill swimming pools etc.
As anyone on rainwater tanks knows; water here needs to be conserved routinely, all year-round, not just now.
Having lived on 40 stored litres (between two people) whilst travelling in a campervan, we soon learned how to adapt.
Ask a neighbour on tank water for a few tips to survive on much less water. And grants are available for rainwater tanks.
Mullum will soon hit level 5 water restrictions – and everyone will panic and blame the politicians. It will be too late! Have a look at the ‘pond’ that is Mullum’s supply to see how soon that may happen!
It’s a drought! Wise up to the reality, or your taps will soon run dry.