Three billion litres a year going up in evaporation? If …

Comment on Getting all steamed up over water by Hal Duell.

Three billion litres a year going up in evaporation? If true, surely there is a better way to deal with our effluent.
Alice is a stand-alone system with no bleed in from neighbouring systems. This means that any innovative approach to any of our power and water issues can be comprehensively studied and quantified and conclusions can be drawn.
By all means bring the Water Advisory Committee meetings into town, and then ask if there’s not a better, more efficient way of dealing with our sewer farm than either loosing three billion litres a year, and/or moving the whole show out beyond the next range.
For instance, could we capture 100% of that evaporation and redirect it into municipal use?
There are smart people all over the world looking at ways to maximise water use. This is an issue that will be gaining prominence in the coming decades, and Alice could have a significant voice in that debate, but only if we grasp the opportunity right in front of us.
Two hundred years? Three hundred years? Maybe five hundred if we stop pissing it into the sandhills.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Museums: First Nations demand to speak for themselves
I think James T Smerk’s idea of a museum with two wings is one of the best and most novel suggestions I have heard.
Aside from a shared claim to Aboriginality, there is no unity within Aboriginal Australia.
Yet this has not kept them from remaining present and relevant despite having been caught in the tides of history some 250 years ago.
Let’s hear all the stories.

Looks like Wazza’s back
Jacinta was always on a hiding to nothing. Her own perceived sense of entitlement didn’t help her cause, but she was up against Snowdon who arguably doesn’t do much between elections, but once every three years he does win elections, and he wins them well.
The question now is, will Jacinta return to Council?

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There are a lot of empty shop fronts in Alice right now. Perhaps we could have a pop-up Council. That might work.

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Erwin, a minor point, but when these large birds were first discovered a few years ago, they were referred to in the local press as the Ducks of Doom. Much better than Big Bird.

Budget repair: Check out the cost of this load of rubbish
Thanks for the story, Erwin.
You’ve detailed a journey into the bureaucratic maze of “it’s not mine / I didn’t do it”.
Talk about kicking a can down the road!
I also like your suggestion that the NT government sack half its public servants and compel the remainder to do their jobs.
That’s another can ready to be kicked down the road.

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