“A recycled water 6-pack mate, thanks.”

recycled water

Kudos to Queensland Premier Peter Beattie. He’s got the smarts and foresight to see Queenslanders drinking and using recycled water.

Now if only Victoria Premier Steve Bracks had lunch with Mr Beattie, or is even remotely concerned about the future of this parched state.

Honestly, what’s not to like about recycled water? Singapore has been drinking and using recycled water for many years now. Bottled recycled water (called NEWater) is still not common but they are drinkable, and i remember citizens showing their displeasure at consuming ‘shit’ water when the plan was introduced. Fast forward 6 years and these days noone bats an eyelid.

Not unlike Singaporeans, Australian have shown great animosity towards a plan that will surely benefit Australia as a whole. Let’s face it, with the climate changes and all, we cannot be expecting our water reserves to go back to what it used to be.

It’ll be a slow process, but it also takes lots of education and understanding. The idea of ‘shit’ water sound feral yes, but imagine an Australia without water restrictions (or at least, less severe water restrictions). Surely that must appeal to you no?

Image from www.parliament.vic.gov.au

5 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    I’m all for it. I mean people really think that the water we get doesn’t have any contact with environmental factors (shit, trees, whatever is in our pipes). I say just make the change, if you don’t want to drink the water then don’t. My guess is people will become thirsty and too cheap to buy bottled water which is by the way just bottled tap water in most cases.

  2. Geoff (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 3:57 am

    Yes but Singapore is 1%. Beattie is proposing at least 50%

  3. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    Say Geoff,

    in a worst-cast scenario, if Australia had completely run out of water to use (read: drink, industrial, cook, eat etc.), and the only source of water that’s readily available IN ABUNDANCE (read: billions of megalitres) is recycled water, would you use it?

  4. th (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:57 am

    Go for it. The Newater is not too bad, I’ve tried it. Like what Neil said, after a while, it will be a non-event and people will just drink (or use) recycled water when in need. Maybe we can start using recycled water in industries first.

  5. Russell (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    The water produced from recycling plants in Werribee is more pure than the water they currently drink. Also Richmond in Sydney already drink recycled water with their regular water.

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