Water For Toowoomba

Finally… some common sense. I can’t tell you how pleased this makes me. I am of the belief that we could fairly easily set up a series of pipelines to divert floodwaters, de-salinated water, etc around the country. If we could do this effectively we could ensure plenty of water for most of the country.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/12/3035723.htm

Congrats Snowy. I’m glad to see that you’ll all be able to breathe a bit easier for a little while. I hope you get a heap…    😉

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4 Comments

  1. GOF said,

    October 15, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Good sense. I wonder why some of the massive amounts of water that flow out to sea in the tropics could not also be piped to where it is needed. I’m sure it could be done in an environmentally sound manner……and if they are seriously thinking of piping gas from PNG to Brisbane well……

  2. Tina said,

    October 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

    It is actually not all that expensive (in the grand scheme of things) to lay pipelines. As you’ve said, the government is perfectly happy to pipe gas from PNG to Australia. That’s a long way… and an awful long pipe. But the fact that the government is seriously considering this goes to prove that it’s easy enough and cheap enough to achieve.

    I’m sure that building a system of pipelines throughout the country to pipe water could also be easily enough achieved. And then, when the work is completed and performing as intended…. wouldn’t it be nice to have that reassurance that you’re going to be allowed as much water as you need.

    Perhaps this could also be a solution for the current Murray Basin water war… ?? A pipeline in this area would improve not just one productive area, but many. And who knows? Perhaps we might even be able to return the Murray to its’ former glory. And I would imagine that this alone would open up a whole heap of tourism options for the area too.

    Can the government not see that… or are they treating us like idiots again?

    • GOF said,

      October 19, 2010 at 6:57 am

      Places like the Murrumbidgee irrigation area are overdue for a thorough water use revision…..it is no longer appropriate to grow rice or use the old “flood irrigation’ practices of the past.
      Just like trying to grow cotton in arid SW Qld and completely stopping waterflow down the Darling in the process. Human stupidity IMHO.

      • Tina said,

        October 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

        Well said, GOF. It has amazed me for years that people plant water intensive crops in unsuitable areas… then complain about their water allocation. In my imaginings, I would think that the need for water would weigh in heavily when a farmer is deciding on his crops. Crops such as cotton etc, should be grown in an area where there’s plenty of water… more arid areas should look at less water intensive crops, such as (for example) hemp. It’s a brilliant crop that needs very little water, can be planted very close together (giving a very good yield)…. and the resulting fibres are excellent for many uses… for rope, clothing, food products… even biodiesel oil. A little thought on this matter would go a long way, in my opinion.

        But, despite all that… the implementation of a system of water piping may solve all of this. If we could guarantee the farmers a good supply of water (no matter where they are), they could grow any crop they chose… and in the end we’d all benefit.


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