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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Water Allocation

Australian households could be allocated water in the same manner as farms, gaining credit for unused portions and paying a premium for any excess usage. The plan has been floated by Malcolm Turnbull, parliamentary secretary with responsibility for water. Turnbull said any water usage over the quota would cost households substantially more.

"Ibis would send very clear price signals and help all of us understand the cost of the water we are getting," he told ABC Radio. Turnbull said current water restrictions were not very effective. "You could actually be using a lot of water and comply with water restrictions because they are not set at a volumetric limit." Australian Conservation Foundation executive director Don Henry approved. The idea has got some merit. It will encourage us to save water, but low-income earners need to be protected," he said.

The suggestion comes as university researchers released figures showing almost half of the City of Melbourne's employees are willing to drink recycled water. Anna Hurlimann, from the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, surveyed almost 200 Melbourne council workers on their attitude to recycled water use.

The study found 46 per cent of those questioned were willing to drink recycled water. Most respondents were also happy to use recycled water for activities including flushing toilets and watering plants.


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