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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Anna Bligh's long-term water solution for SEQ - don't use water ...

It's simple really.

Tell people not to use water and then wait until the next crisis so you can try once again to force recycled water down people's throats ...

Brisbane Times:

20 November 2009

Premier Anna Bligh's plan to build two new desalination plants by 2017 could be delayed for a further five years if existing water usage limits stay in place in the long term.

The State Government today unveiled an updated 50-year strategy to deliver water security for South-East Queensland following the rejection of the controversial Traveston Crossing Dam by Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett last week.

On December 1, all of South-East Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and the Redlands, will move to "permanent water conservation measures", which allow hosing before 10am and after 4pm any day, except Mondays.

Instead of the target water usage limit rising from 200 to 230 litres per day, which had been flagged, the lower limit will remain in place until at least March next year.
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See - Brisbane Times - Don't like desal? Then don't splash out.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will they get it.
When there is a drought on the recycled plant can not produce enough of their goodies (purified recycled water) because there is less going through.
There was a report published last week that said as much. It reported that there was 50% less water going through the sewage plants and so there is less recycled water being produced.

Anna Bligh is simply broke and so her government has nothing to spend on any project.
The government is hoping that the rain comes and the dams fill.

With all the water in the northern dams it would seem feasible to pipe that water down but that is too simple.

10:19 AM, November 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it costs $190 mill to run a pipeline from Wivenhoe to Cressbrook, it's going to be very expensive to pipe and then pump water down from the north.

10:50 AM, November 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would not be as expensive as a desal plant and they only have to connect to the North Coast end of Anna's water grid.
On Stateline last night they showed that Townsville had an abundance of water and they get plenty of rain too.
We need to think outside of the square and also give people water that they will accept.

They are clearly against the use of recycled sewage!
Councils has to start listening to their communities and work for the money they are being paid.
I am sure that many of the TRC elected persons are at home or at their "other" job most of the time.

11:51 AM, November 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Townsville's water is for Townsville

12:42 PM, November 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little known fact, the Gold Coast desal plant connects to the recycled water pipeline. Desalinated water can't go into Wivenhoe without mixing with recycled water.

1:21 PM, November 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a load of rubbish. The desal plant is for a water supply for Tugun area at the Gold Caost and because of that water from the Hinze dam is piped up to Brisbane.

The recycled water is piped to Tarong power station and out to Insitec and no where else!!

11:23 PM, November 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the pipe map and see for yourself!

9:58 AM, November 22, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pipe map does not show the desal water going to the recycle plant.
The Bundamba recycled water goes to Swanbank power station and Tarong power station and some goes to fertilizer plant.

1:16 PM, November 22, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does on the government map I've seen.

8:03 PM, November 22, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show us the map.

9:47 PM, November 22, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at page 2.
http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/resources/factsheet/seq-watergrid-about.pdf

The southern regional pipeline from the Tugun plant goes up to Brisbane. It intersects with the pipeline near the Bundamba plant with the pipeline then heading up towards Wivenhoe.

Water may not flow that way at present due to government policy. But the only way desalinated water would flow into Wivenhoe if it were needed is if the government opened the recycled water pipeline connection that's there.

When I asked the government people handling PR for the Tugun plant about it, they refused to answer.

12:21 AM, November 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a look at the map and it would appear that it ends at the Cameron's Hill Reservoir which is past Bundamba. It also goes to Cedar Grove Weir and Greenbank Reservoir.

It is a two way flow and can bring water from Wivenhoe Dam if needed.

10:51 AM, November 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it can't because the recycled water pipeline isn't turned on.

11:22 AM, November 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point I make is that the desal water goes up to Cameron's Hill reservoir and not to the recycle pant.
No-one is saying that recycled water is flowing any-where but the desal pipeline can flow both ways if it is needed.
It is not likely because every time one turns around it rains at the bottom end of the Gold Coast.

1:47 PM, November 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I give up!
I know that no recycled water is flowing any-where but the desal water does not go into the Bundamba plant!

9:35 PM, November 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never said it did. It can if needed go by pipeline to Brisbane to join up with the recycled water pipeline/reservoir. It can't go into Wivenhoe until the recycled water tap is tuned on.

1:42 AM, November 24, 2009

 

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