Saturday, October 13, 2007

Australia: Water emergency

Climate Ark, via the Advertiser (Australia): Emergency plans have been prepared to supply Adelaide with spring water for drinking as experts warn the drought is forcing us to consider extreme measures. Spring water suppliers yesterday said they had talks with SA Water about the feasibility of delivering water in either bottles or tankers to households if Adelaide's water crisis dramatically worsened.

SA Water last night said discussions with suppliers were held as part of "contingency planning" in case mains water became undrinkable because of poor quality. Australian of the Year Tim Flannery, a climate change expert, said Adelaide was at a "significant risk" of a water crisis within the next six to 12 months, because of salinity and toxic algal blooms in the River Murray...

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