It's been tipping it down up north but it's down in southeast Queensland where the water shortage is really hitting home. What little rain they've had hasn't been enough to recharge the reservoirs. Why do we have this problem ? It's a combination of reduced rainfall and, no doubt, the massive increase in population in recent years in the Sunshine Coast - Brisbane - Gold Coast conurbation (all those blow-in Mexicans sucking the reservoirs dry !).
In response, and it's about the only possible response while the State Government gets its woefully belated act together and builds some dams, the residents of SE Queensland are being told they'll have to drink recycled effluent. I know, it's done all over the world, but that's a result of desperation and not a preferred option. And, yes, it's quite safe - until the system fouls up which it will eventually do despite all the best intentions and procedures.
So Beattie, our esteemed premier, unilaterally decides that he'll scrap the plebiscite on whether or not we resort to recycled effluent. It's pointless he claims, a waste of money, there's no choice. ("Bugger democracy, we certainly don't want the plebs telling us they don't want it like they did in Toowoomba"). Meanwhile Steve Bracks, the Victorian premier, announces a plan for making industrial and commercial operations use recycled water while the people get to drink 'fresh' water. Looks like Victoria has just become the Smart State. Another gutless decision from the team that bought you Gordon Nuttall and Dr Death. And what will he do when some moron in the waterworks turns a wrong valve and tens of thousands of people end up with a gut fall of bacteria ? Look sorry and apologise like he always does.
Sorry, sometimes I just have to have a rant. Living in Queensland can be just a tad depressing sometimes.