Politics

Mar 16, 2007

Regulating the rain

Every person in the world who lives in a house has their own, private, water supply: rainfall on their roof. So why aren't we making better use of it? Government obfuscation for starters...

Every person in the world who lives in a house has their own, private, water supply: rainfall on their roof. I can’t explain why people in other countries don’t use rainwater tanks – it’s probably because water from other sources is cheap and plentiful – but in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent (Antarctica is the driest), only 7% of capital city households have rainwater tanks and only 13% of all households use them for the main source of drinking water, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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