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Vox pop: Gardens take miniscule amounts of Murray water but contribute significantly to economy

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

South Australia receives 8 per cent of the Murray/Darling inflows, of which Adelaide uses on average 130 gigalitres for industry, commerce, business and community, houses and gardens, according to John Calder, Hallet Cove, in a letter to the editor of The Advertiser (17/9/2007, p. 17). 0.25pc of Murray water fuels garden industries: “If Adelaide gardeners switched off their hoses, drippers and buckets completely it would return less than a quarter of a per cent of flow to the River Murray, which is unlikely to sat­isfy the needs of many irrigators. But it would cost the income of nurseries, lawn mowing con­tractors, landscapers and other working Australians. We are all going to suffer because of the drought, over-allocation of water up river and the chronic lack of action by various levels of gov­ernment,” Calder wrote.

The Advertiser, 17/9/2007, p. 17

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