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Water shortage???? Lock Rss

Wow, the other day i heard john howard on a radio say that brisbanes water crises means we may be washing ourselfs with a sponge n bucket. Our dam in brissy is under 20%. We wont even have enough water till the recycled n decellination pipes are finnished. I also heard that food will soar as farners dont have enough water.... I mean everything costs so much as it is. Sorry to drag on , just wanted to share my fears with others ifkim.

joshua 21/10/01 Samuel 03/12/06

whoa not every1 reply at once. lol. I guess it not too much of a worry to every1. I just wanted to hear what others thought about the whole sceanario. Is any1 else on level 5 or higher water restrictions?

joshua 21/10/01 Samuel 03/12/06

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That's a good idea Mel. We should talk about how to save water and help do our part for the enviroment. At the moment i keep the water from Samuel's baby bath and add it in to my older sons bath. I'm sure there's plenty of other ideas. My mum buckets out all her grey water from washing machine, bath ect and waters her plants using a gerny bucket (sort of contraption). Great idea, but nearly all my pot plants are dead now anyway. Did anyone see that movie AN INCONVEINIENT TRUTH. ?
It is a real wake up. Scary .....very scary.

joshua 21/10/01 Samuel 03/12/06

I don't flush everytime for No 1's...the saying of if its yellow let it mellow. If its brown flush it down.
I also have a hose from my washing machine that I can put out into the garden and I have a diverter on the shower drain pipe that is connected to a hose that goes into a garden bed...looked strange in Summer to see this little oasis amonst the rest of the dry garden.
I also am constantly at hubby to turn off the tap..he wastes so much by unnecessary rinsing off stuff, plus he showers are too long...makes me made when I see water being wasted!!

Danielle

i am in qld also, but we are on tank water, we need rain to fill them though... we have a tank for the house usage and we just bought a 5000 litre tank to wash cars or emergency if needed so we don't use the household water. it is good the government give you $1000 rebate so it cost less than $200 with the money we get back, you do have to buy a pump as well though which is about $300, but great investment if you can afford it, and there was no waiting either, picked it up 3 days after paying for it...I put the baby and the toddlers in a bath using the laundry tub, so 3 in a row one by one, that saves a bit, i have a front loader washing machine which saves water, but i am sure i could do more, we don't wash our cars or the lawn or waste it as such, but i think the shower is our biggest thing a well, although we have been checking the metre regularly and we are well within our 140 litres usage per person per day, so i am quite happy with our efforts as a family...
Teags sorry u had to wait 3 whole hrs for a response LOL tongue I guess that must be peak hour, kid pick ups etc... anyway dh and I were just discussing this the other day and wondering how you QLDers are managing on 140lt a day. We're trying to manage our water better before the big restrictions hit so it won't be such a shock. We don't flush after every use, we have taken to bathing the kids on alternate days, use bicarb soda in their bath and use the water on the trees & garden. We have a native garden so it doesn't need as much water. I have taken to showering every 2nd day (not sure if I'm proud or embarressed to admit this LOL) unless I'm doing smelly work. We've never washed our cars anyway (much to my parents' disgust) so that's not an issue for us. I know there's much more we could do and I'll be following this thread for ideas smile

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Dizie, 2 girls, 2002 & 2003

Iv'e got another idea from my mother (as we are on level 5 and they are talking about introducing level 6 in another 2 months and then level 7 shortly after)
Put a bucket in your sink and everytime you use a little water to wash ur hands ect the bucket fills up and then use it to water your plants or whatever at the end of the day. It also makes you concsious of how much would be going down the drain.
I feel if the government is talking about introducing level 6 soon and then 7 in the south east queensland, why are they still allowing people to watrer thier gardens with a bucket on certain days? I know how painful it is to wacth ur garden die, i wacthed all my hard work die too, but when u see that our wivenhoe dam is 19% you suddenly realise its survival of the fittest and if your plants dont survive at least you will. They have built in pipes for recycled water and decellination but it wont be finnished until late next year and they said we will run out of water way before then. So im wondering why the government is still allowing of unnesscisary use of water (even though they have cut it down majorly)??????

joshua 21/10/01 Samuel 03/12/06

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I also agree on what you are saying Mel, i think that all public used buildings such as shopping centres, casinos, cinema complexes, club rooms,swimming pools and sporting complexes should all have rain water tanks installed and this water used in the toilets and general hand washing. Why do we need to use drinking water to flush our toilets???
Industry also needs to majorly ship up...they use a lot of water without having recylying measures in place.

Danielle

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Hmmmm I wonder what new Goverment policies we will come up with over dinner.....will be a good night!
All you Melbourne chicks go and have a look in the communities section under melbourne...we are going out for dinner...who would like to join us??

Danielle

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