We need more dams or water storage: Letter
FOR nearly two decades I have been aware that there is a crisis in supplying potable water for human consumption.
I disagree that there is a shortage of water. The Earth has the same amount of H2O today as it did a million years ago, but there are too many folks needing potable supplies and too much groundwater is used in irrigation and mining.
For places like Australia and Europe, there are mounting concerns of shortage to supply because there has been no increase in storage.
South-east Queensland had a $9 billion expenditure pipeline network connecting all the dams from near Nambour, the Wappa Dam on the Sunshine Coast and the Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast with a large desalination plant off the Gold Coast that has yet to produce and pump into the system a litre of potable water.
This plant, with another at Sydney and I think Melbourne, requires massive electricity to produce drinkable water.
There has not been a new dam or water storage created in Australia in the last 50 years to my knowledge.
There will be wars over water, and I believe the flashpoint is North East Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
- Robert Buick, Wide Bay.
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