30/11/2004 - 21:00

Reader Response: Short on ideas

30/11/2004 - 21:00


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IN Western Australia we have a water shortage, apparently.

We are spending $5 million dollars for a feasibility study into the practicality of piping water down from Lake Argyle in the Kimberley.

Millions are to be spent on a desalination plant.

We emigrated from the UK 35 years ago. There they have water treatment plants over there called sewerage farms.

The waste is sold as fertiliser and the water is purified and recycled.

I was utterly amazed to read that we throw ours as ‘grey’ water straight into the ocean.

We then waste even more money doing research into the effect of this discharge on the marine environment.

Surely we can learn from other countries without always being stuck in a time warp and continually re-inventing the wheel.

As a direct follow on, surely all the politicians who travel abroad are not exclusively on junkets. Has nobody ever seen a European sewerage farm? Does neither political party care?

John Peck

Burns Beach


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