With water levels around the city of Melbourne falling, some residents are turning to the city’s aquaculture industry to get their drinking water from the city.
“We’ve had to change our lives around water use,” resident Tanya Williams said.
“It’s pretty hard for us to get on with things and make our lives work without water.”
There’s been a lot of water usage and we have to go and buy water from somewhere.
“While water is the mainstay of many families’ day-to-day lives, there are plenty of other uses, too.
For example, some water purification machines can remove fluoride, a toxic substance found in water, which is harmful to the human body.”
Water purification has been around for a while and it’s just a matter of time before it becomes mainstream,” water treatment expert David Devereaux said.
In the meantime, there’s been some good news for the city, with water levels dipping and temperatures falling.
Devereaux noted the city had already recorded a 30 per cent reduction in water usage since June.”
Since June, we’ve been seeing water usage come down significantly and it looks like we’re still at an elevated level,” he said.
However, the water industry isn’t happy with what they see as a lack of action.”
I don’t think the city is going to get very far in water conservation.
I don’t believe the city can even get through to the second half of the year without having some sort of water treatment program in place,” said Devereux.”
The city needs to do something about water conservation.