Water, we take it for granted far too much. You turn on the tap and there it is. Well, that’s how it is for many of us including us until recently when no water came out of the kitchen tap.
I’ve always been aware that in third world countries water from a tap is an unimaginable luxury for many people who don’t have access to clean water and may bave to travel long distances to get enough water for their families needs.
I also know that Australia is a dry country, large parts of our country including parts of Tasmania have been in drought two or three times in the last few years. It’s heartbreaking to hear of farmers having to kill or dispose of their stock because there is no water and to see photos of lakes and rivers that have dried up.
In the past year, it seems to be worse than ever. I’ve read of whole towns whose water supply is almost gone and they are having to get water trucked in. I can’t recall ever having heard of that happening in the past. Not in Australia. The terrible bushfires of the last two summers meant that water supplies were further depleted in those areas. It is quite frightening.
There are things that the government and industries need to look at doing better. Should we be allowing companies to buy water to use in the bottled water industry? Not if it is taking it away from the communities that need it surely. Should we be growing crops that need large amounts of water like citrus or avocadoes? Shouldn’t water be available to everyone that needs it not those who buy and sell it for profit?
Since moving to Sisters Beach I have become much more water conscious because for the first time in my life I am dependent on rainwater for household needs. There are three tanks here and I’m still learning how to manage them. If I am not good at it and run out before the weather turns wet again I will be paying to have water delivered. I have started keeping a bucket in the shower to catch that water that runs out while I wait for it to be warm enough to get under. It might only be a couple of litres but it can be used elsewhere.