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.

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