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South Australia demand side policy halves Adelaide city use

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

South Australian Premier Mike Rann praised South Australians for their water conservation efforts while giving details of eased domestic water restrictions to the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

sawater_cuts.jpeg 23bn litres saved: “The projects outlined today are the only real choices we have before us now that will guarantee our water security for the long term and create the confidence we need to drive our state’s future prosperity ,” Rann said. “All of this work, however, does not alleviate the need for water restrictions in the short term because of the time frames necessary to build such massive infrastructure projects. We asked South Australians to let nature do the watering over the winter months to help conserve water for the hotter months, and people have been doing a great job. We have saved, I am told, more than 23 billion litres of water this year compared to the last drought year in 2002-03.”

Limited summer garden watering permitted: Rann said: “SA Water has advised that there has been 11 gigalitres better run-off in the Adelaide Hills than anticipated, which has enabled us to provide for a marginal improvement in domestic water use. From 1 October this year, domestic consumers will be able to use drippers or hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle for up to three hours per week, from either 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The same odds and evens system on weekends that was in operation last summer will again apply — that is, even numbered properties can water on Saturdays and odd numbers can water on Sundays. The current ban on sprinklers will remain, and the government will continue to work with industry to improve its water efficiency.”

Incentive proposal to be prepared: “In addition,” Rann continued, “the Minister for Water Security, Karlene Maywald, has directed SA Water to prepare a detailed proposal for incentives to save water inside the home. These may include extending the existing rebates on rainwater tanks and shower heads, and new rebates for other water saving devices, such as grey water systems and dual flush toilets.”

Irrigators’ allocations lifted: “A final analysis of the end of August River Murray data has resulted in an improvement of 18 gigalitres in the available water from the river, which will allow us to lift irrigators’ water allocations to 16 per cent from 1 October,” Rann announced. “The slight easing of restrictions does not indicate an improvement in our overall outlook. The Murray-Darling Basin is still in the grip of the most severe drought on record, and we must continue to be vigilant in saving water.”

Monthly reviews: “I again thank all South Australians for their cooperation in these tough times in their minimising outside and inside water use and their making sure that water wastage is part of the past. Close monitoring of water use will continue, and restrictions will be reviewed monthly, based on available water and levels of use. By working together, we can get through this difficult time. The extensive work we are undertaking on infrastructure will secure our water future.”
Reference: M.D. Rann, Premier of South Australia, Minister for the Arts, House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 17/9/2007

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