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Australian State Leader Says He Must Recycle Drinking Water Because Of Drought
International Herald tribune ^ | 1-28-2007 | AP

Posted on 01/28/2007 4:36:03 PM PST by blam

Australian state leader says he must recycle drinking water because of drought

The Associated Press
Published: January 28, 2007

CANBERRA, Australia: An Australian state will become the nation's first to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water, and the rest of Australia would follow suit as a record drought threatens water supplies around the country, a state leader said Monday.

Queensland state Premier Peter Beattie announced his government had scrapped a referendum planned for March on whether Australia's third most populous state should introduce recycled drinking water.

Beattie said falling dam levels left his government with no choice but to introduce recycled water next year in the state's southeast — one of Australia's fastest growing urban areas.

"We're not getting rain; we've got no choice," Beattie told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

Australian farms and most cities are in the grip of the nation's worst drought in a century, with some areas receiving below average rainfall for a decade.

"I think in the end, because of the drought, all of Australia are going to end up drinking recycled, purified water," he added.

Morris Iemma, Premier of New South Wales, the most populous of Australia's six states, said drinking recycled water was not inevitable for Australia's major cities including his state capital, Sydney.

South Australia state Premier Mike Rann said his state — Australia's driest — already used recycled water to irrigate crops but would not introduce it to the drinking water supply.

Victoria, the second most populous state, did not need to recycle drinking water, the state's acting Water Minister Justin Madden. He said using recycled water for industry was a better option since that would free up more drinking water.

Prime Minister John Howard, a Sydney resident, congratulated Beattie and predicted recycled water would be introduced to Sydney in the near

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; drought; recycle; water

1 posted on 01/28/2007 4:36:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
I walked into my secretaries office and she had a salesman trying to get her to order something.

I heard him say " And we have recycled toilet paper"

I nearly fell down laughing at the idea.
2 posted on 01/28/2007 4:40:02 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: blam

Eeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwww...


3 posted on 01/28/2007 4:40:21 PM PST by RockinRight (To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors. - Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: blam

http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/05/29/drinking.sewage/index.html


4 posted on 01/28/2007 4:41:14 PM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: blam

Pass the Fosters please.


5 posted on 01/28/2007 4:43:22 PM PST by spanalot
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To: spanalot

You don't buy Foster's, you merely rent it for a while.


6 posted on 01/28/2007 4:45:09 PM PST by elcid1970 (`)
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To: RockinRight

I mean, there's only one way to recycle water, RIGHT?


7 posted on 01/28/2007 4:46:47 PM PST by elcid1970 (`)
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To: blam

Honey,did you change brands on the coffee?Something tastes a little off.....


8 posted on 01/28/2007 4:50:13 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: blam

Cue the jokes about "renting" beer...


9 posted on 01/28/2007 4:54:29 PM PST by BlazingArizona (co)
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To: blam

As I understand it, most North American cities 'recycle' via primary treatment of their sewage. Settling basins settle the suspended solids out of the water, and decant the water -- usually directly into the nearest water course. This stuff is still full of bugs. (The sludge is sometimes collected and sent to be spread on unwitting farmer's fields, but that's another issue. It renders the field poisonous for growing plants for human consumption for many years to come, aside from smelling like sh**.) With secondary treatment (could be: ozone injection, aeration... a whole series of technologies have developed) the pollutants are digested by bacteria in an accelerated way. Time and biological processes are the key. The same thing happens in an ordinary septic system. To actually drink the water, you'd have to chlorinate it or do something else to kill the bugs that remain. Now, don't flame me -- I'm quoting a sanitary engineer here and am not one myself. The point is, this process may take time, and may take biochemical assistance, but it is so do-able that millions around the world should not lack the ability to recycle water when they are in an area with limited water resources. Perhaps with Australia in the vanguard, the accessibility of this technology will increase.


10 posted on 01/28/2007 4:54:37 PM PST by Thywillnotmine (take the wings of the morning)
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To: Farmer Dean

wifes' response "don't forget to chew ,dear."


11 posted on 01/28/2007 4:55:10 PM PST by pipecorp ( Al Lahsucks boat steersman hell)
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To: blam

I refer you to another article about the world's water supply:

http://www.opendemocracy.net/globalization/politics_water_thirst_4288.jsp


12 posted on 01/28/2007 5:01:28 PM PST by Thywillnotmine (take the wings of the morning)
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To: blam

ALL water is recycled in some manner. We don't get it shipped in from outer space.


13 posted on 01/28/2007 5:22:21 PM PST by posterchild (Spent some money on women and beer, the rest was just wasted.)
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To: blam

Well - I have heard that sewage discharge, if it meets EPA (in the US) regulations, is cleaner and more pure than most tap water....

But if I am ever in a place that uses this "recycled water", please don't tell me what I am drinking!


14 posted on 01/28/2007 5:29:25 PM PST by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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To: TheBattman
But if I am ever in a place that uses this "recycled water", please don't tell me what I am drinking!

If you lived in Denver, you'd be hard-pressed to tell it apart from Coors Light.

15 posted on 01/28/2007 5:30:16 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08 - rationalization not required, he IS a conservative already)
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To: posterchild
ALL water is recycled in some manner. We don't get it shipped in from outer space.

Yup. Out here in the country, septic systems disperse into the ground that which is not evaporated, and the earth acts as a natural filter while the liquid returns to the water table.

16 posted on 01/28/2007 5:35:32 PM PST by somemoreequalthanothers (All for the betterment of "the state", comrade)
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To: blam

I suspect that in the last 400 million years every drop of water on the planet has passed through many, many kidneys.


17 posted on 01/28/2007 5:36:06 PM PST by Grut
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To: blam
All water is recycled water.

Every drop of water you drink and every bit of air that you breath was inside another living body at some point.

Cheerio!

18 posted on 01/28/2007 5:39:11 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I am the Cat who Walks by Himself and all places are alike to me!)
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To: blam
Desalinization plants powered by the sea wave, solar and wind power.
19 posted on 01/28/2007 5:45:15 PM PST by Lewite (Praise YAHWEH and Proclaim His Wonderful Name! Islam, the end time Beast-the harlot of Babylon.)
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To: blam
They already eat vegemite, I think they can handle this.


20 posted on 01/28/2007 6:57:46 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: nanster

You forget a very important point...most consumers of recycled water wouldn't know where to site their outhouse, if given the opportunity to do so...

But I am sure they have at least a bachelors degree in liberal arts...


21 posted on 01/28/2007 7:02:48 PM PST by sarasmom ( War is not the most vile of the evils humanity commits . There is always apathy...)
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To: Farmer Dean
To: blam Honey,did you change brands on the coffee?Something tastes a little off..... 8 posted on 01/28/2007 4:50:13 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)

True story. We lived in Alabama. Coffee brewer had a lid to close where you poured water. My wife never closed it even though I bitched about I repeatedly. One day wife complains about how long it takes to brew coffee. I take machine apart and fine that a cockroach has crawled down water shoot and we have been brewing cockroach coffee for several weeks. Wife claims that it is my fault and I should never mention it again.

22 posted on 01/28/2007 7:08:24 PM PST by american_ranger
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To: blam

Shortage of water? You mean the ocean is lower than it once was? No, you didn't mean that? Don't you really mean a shortage of money to spend on converting sea water, which is in shall we say, very abundant, supply, into usable water?


23 posted on 01/28/2007 8:11:06 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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