Those bastards taking the water

You know, the commercial people bottling water. Bastards:

The Tamborine Mountain state school has run out of water, even as water miners in the Gold Coast hinterland are sending millions of litres to commercial bottling operations.

Trucks sent by the Queensland government carrying emergency supplies to the school, including Mount Tamborine bottled water, have been passing trucks heading in the opposite direction taking local water to bottling plants for beverage giants such as Coca-Cola.

You’ve got to read around a bit to get to the truth here:

We are the largest community in Australia that doesn’t have reticulated water.

Everyone is using their own well or borehole. Of the ground water available:

“QUT research says levels of groundwater extraction are equivalent to less than five per cent of average annual groundwater recharge.

“Of that five per cent, farmers use almost 84 per cent of the extracted groundwater for horticulture, households almost 11 per cent, and bottled water operations, about five per cent.”

As everywhere it’s the farmers taking the vast majority.

It’s actually bugger all to do with bottled water but guess what they’re complaining about?

10 comments on “Those bastards taking the water

  1. Interesting to see the term “reticulated water”. Clear enough what it means, the OED says it’s primarily used in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

  2. We spent Christmas up Mt Tamborine once. Very pleasant – by Xmas you are in The Wet so down on the plain it’s normally nastily hot and humid.

    As the poet sang:

    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of droughts and flooding rains.

  3. and the agriculture includes viticulture. No mention in the article of green bottle laden trucks of 90% Mt. Tamoborine water being exported at the cost of parched local school children.

    http://mtvw.com.au/

  4. ‘It’s actually bugger all to do with bottled water but guess what they’re complaining about?’

    Coca-Cola making money.

  5. Presumably the local area benefits from the selling of water in various ways?
    Give that all up to still run out of water?

  6. The source of the Grauniad article supplies water for local consumption and wants to ban his competitors who are bottling water for non-local consumption but, according to the article, are now supplying the school.
    Grauniad = hypocrisy as usual

  7. given that water is being supplied back to them that the locals were sensible enough to negotiate an extraction fee with some form of emergency/shortage clause.
    If the cost of covering shortages becomes too much over time the extraction plant will move which will reduce or end the shortages.
    All sounds like market principles working as they should

  8. “QUT research says levels of groundwater extraction are equivalent to less than five per cent of average annual groundwater recharge.

    I may be misunderstandin g but – if total extraction is less than 5% of recharge then its not the wells running dry that has them running out of water.

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