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Provocations – Accelerated drilling for water as drought continues

Posted in Policies by Ferne Edwards on March 22nd, 2007

As the drought continues, residents in Melbourne and around Australia are increasingly drilling for water in city centres. This accelerated water consumption raises issues of the lack of regulation, inequality of access and urban sustainability. Read more in an article by Taylor, J. (2007) Victorian residents start drilling for water,The World Today, 7 February.

What do you think should our priorities be for urban water use – private gardens or for drinking? Do we need greater regulations around bore water use? What quality of water do you think we should use for our gardens? How does recycled or greywater use fit into this debate? Comments welcome on

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