As I have said on earlier occasions the notion that recycled water should be returned to our dams has always concerned me. However I can’t help thinking that the massive expenditure on the “water grid” here in Queensland may just prove to be a very expensive white elephant.
Completed before the Government backflipped on its recycled water policy last November, the pipeline was still commissioned, with the operator, Watersecure, testing it for leaks and signal faults.
The 1.2m-diameter pipe is now full of recycled water, ready to deliver it down a 100m cascade into the dam.
Premier Anna Bligh last November reversed her position on putting recycled water into the region’s drinking water.
After insisting for months during the region’s drought that there was no other option than to top up southeast Queensland’s then shrinking dam system with recycled water, she announced the Government would only use it as a last resort.
Something that ultimately proved to be an overly elaborate solution to a “problem” that has been grossly over estimated…