Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Drought-stricken Australia considers drinking recycled sewage

Now this is how you know you have a fucking emergency situation.

Residents of a drought-stricken Australian town will vote this week on whether they're prepared to drink water recycled from sewage -- the first such scheme in the country and one of only a handful in the world.

I'm going to vote no. I know I'm an American and I have no say in what you do over there in Boomerang-land but trust me, you don't want to be known to the world as the poo-drinkers. Most of us already think you're fucking crazy as it is. Come to think about it, it wouldn't shock me if someone told me that you guys already drink your sewage. I mean, you ever seen Steve Irwin?

The controversial proposal has divided the town of Toowoomba in the state of Queensland, which has faced water restrictions for a decade.

MOVE! If my town had to put forth a proposal to drink sewage because for the last decade fucking water's been hard to come by I'd be living in another town, one close to a lake.

Local Mayor Dianne Thorley, who is leading the "Yes" campaign, said that without drought-breaking rains the town's dams could dry up within two years.

Hey poo-lady. You're a wingbat. Or wombat. Or one of those other funny words you Australians make up. Like Walaby or Kangaroo. Everything sounds fun in Australia. Except drinking sewage.

She insisted the 73 million dollar (US 55 million dollar) plan to pump purified wastewater back into the main reservoir for drinking was safe.

If I'm going to drink my own shit and piss it better be fucking free.

"Somewhere, sometime we have got to stand up and change the way we are doing things," she said as the town prepared for the July 29 referendum.

I agree. Change is good. Most the time. But change should start small. Like stand up and demand bottled water. You don't exactly live in a third world country. I don't see late-night infomericals asking me to adopt Australian children for thirteen cents a month. There's no reason you people should be drinking sewage.

"Otherwise our great grandchildren are going to be living in something like the Sahara desert."

Or living in Sydney or Melbourne or somewhere else that has plumbing.

A vocal "No" campaign opposes the proposal, and says there are unforeseeable health risks for the town's 100,000 residents.

Yeah, there's the health risks sure but so many other wonderful reasons you shouldn't drink sewage.
Oh boy...there's no hope.


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July 26, 2006 11:10 AM  
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Anonymous john c said...

The problem with the recycled sewage plant proposed for Toowoomba is that it just would not work.

It is not possible to produce 11,000 ML of recycled water from 8,000 ML of sewage. Toowoomba City Council also had nowhere for the RO waste stream to go. Acland Coal did not want it. Singapore pumps its RO waste stream into the sea.

The plant could never have been built for $68 million - closer to $150-200 million would be more accurate when you take into account the hundreds of acres of evaporation ponds required which were not included in the budget.

Regardless of your view on recycled water use, the no vote in Toowoomba was correct because the proposal was a dud.

August 19, 2006 5:40 AM  

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