Saturday, October 10, 2009

Desal plant is no solution

Letter to Editor #14, "Sunday Mail" (Adelaide) 11 Oct, 2009
(97 words) by Allan Taylor of Hove

MIKE Smithson has done an admirable job reviewing the SA water controversy with his article "Floodgates open now on stormwater debate" (4/10).

Building a 100 Gigalitre desalination plant only compounds the problem of potable water distribution. Expensive drinking water will be wasted on watering the garden and flushing the toilet!

The Liberals and Greens wisely promote storm water capture, purification and recycling, plus more supply from aquifers. To put this in perspective, Mexico City, with a population of 20 million and rainfall of 700 mm a year, relies on water from aquifers. No desalination plant is needed there.