Saturday, May 09, 2009

Water Rebates - Going, Going, Gone

Is it just me or is the fact that Perth is having one of the driest Aprils on record, the Water Corporation is pleading with us not to water our gardens even the permitted twice a week and the Gnangara Mound, which supplies approximately 60% of Perth's drinking water, is drying up at the same time as the State Government has decided to axe the rebates on water saving products, including rain water tanks, bizarre?

The rationale, according to the Government, is that they are no longer needed. Here on the Water Corporation website are the details as announced on 9 April, 2009, by State Minister for Water, Dr Graham Jacobs.

I'm not sure exactly when they would be needed more. In my view when there is a drying climate - and it seems obvious that it is drying - that is exactly the time to encourage people to purchase water saving products. Things like - oh I don't know - rain sensors, subsurface irrigation systems, swimming pool covers, flow regulators, grey water reuse schemes, water efficient washing machines, domestic rain water tanks and domestic garden bores. Oh that's right, they were giving financial incentives for all those things and, as of 1 July, 2009, they're not.

3 comments:

Satima Flavell said...

I suppose the govt can only spend its environmental dollar once, and apparenly they are now lending money to people who want to gree-up their houses and gardens I suppose that's something.

Imagine me said...
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Imagine me said...

It's the Federal Government that is introducing Green loans while the State Government, with a promised Budget surplus, is cutting back.