Monday, October 27, 2008

Depressing and Rain Man Update

Well, with September being our driest September on record, October is heading the same way.

Nothing depresses me more than seeing our grass turn brown by October, our traditionally wettest month. Our local councils do precious little to save our public gardens and nature strips. Our state government does precious little in the short term to help.

The State's answer is an energy hungry desalination plant and a pipe to take water from the north of the state where they are more affected by drought than we are.

Meanwhile, our sewerage water just flows out to sea after being treated and our stormwater just flows down the drains and into the sea also.

Blessington Street Gardens used to be so beautiful, but I left there after a quick walk through today even more depressed. Rain Man had been switched off, there was very little water in the pond and what was there looked foul.

Best I stick to bitumen, concrete and the sea when I am out and about.


  1. Anonymous8:55 pm

    "The State's answer is an energy hungry desalination plant and a pipe to take water from the north of the state where they are more affected by drought than we are."

    Oh, but by Brumby's standards, it's superlative.
    But hopefully Greg Barber and his army of intelligent urban design will save the day (if he gets elected).
    Meanwhile, it's either Brumby or that bespectacled conservative with an incredibly annoying voice.

    Nothing depresses me more than seeing our grass turn brown by October, our traditionally wettest month.

    Try doing that whilst studying for an's enough to make me want to hack my ears off with a french-stick.

  2. 10 miles from my house, there is an underground river that pumps something close to a million gallons a minute. I would share some of that with you if I could.

  3. I have little faith in local councillors Reuben and you must buy crustier French Sticks than I do.

    Is that your local water supply Daisy? We too tap into underground water, and then it runs out. Thanks for your offer, but I fear the transportation costs.

  4. Anonymous9:22 pm

    Ah...but do you trust Brumby or Ruddsy? Local Councilors may be a pack of bastards (well...the Labor ones anyway), but at least they are more in touch than state or federal bureaucracies.

  5. Andrew, don't panic. The poles are melting and, according to some intriguing scientific theories, once they've gone, the entire planet will swing through 180 degrees. Then you'll end up with our Octobers...this year's frankly being wetter than a Liberal Democrat Conferance in Slough.

  6. Poor Rain Man, he looked so nice, too. Does he have an algal bloom happening or just a vivid fungus exploring his nooks?
    First intelligent thing I saw reported about Brumby in The Hun today "he is ignorant and a dictator"
    Laugh?! We almost cried.

  7. You think we've got issues here, then a drive to my old stomping ground in Shepparton. The entire area is as dry as a nun's nasty (oh I've waited so long to use that term) including Shepparton's pride and joy, its man made lake, which after having endless reams of money thrown at it a couple of years ago to clean it out is now a dry cracked wasteland that you can walk across.

  8. It is, Andrew, and they only found out about it a few years ago.

  9. I trust them to always act as a politician, Reuben.

    If much more ice melts Brian, the water may well be lapping at our doorstep.

    Yeah Kezza, it is serious. I know the lake. Lake Wendouree in Ballarat is pretty well dry too. Did you see if there was water in the Nagambie lake as you passed?

    I hope they don't take too much water Daisy.

  10. Jayne, he looks as thirsty as a cat with liver failure.

  11. The lack of rain certainly is depressing. Looking at a graph of this years water storage levels compared with last years the line got much lower and tapered off a lot earlier than last year. I hate to think what state out water storages will be in next year.

  12. I'll give it a miss Ben. I have enough to worry about. I wonder what it will take to turn around the opinions of climate change sceptics.

  13. Anonymous10:01 pm

    A friend was down from Sydney two weekends ago, and she said she was shocked by how dry Victoria and Melbourne were - clearly seen from the air through a cloudless sky.

    It's interesting that when she and her husband extended and renovated their house a few years ago, they were also required by the local council to install a rainwater tank (volume calculated on the size of the block of land) to catch and store rainwater for their garden. Maybe local councils should insist on the same measures down here.

    I fear it's going to be a long, hot, dry summer this year.


  14. Walker, I thought we did do that in Victoria and then the requirement was dropped. I believe in the centralised supply of electricity, gas, sewerage and water. Taken perhaps to the extreme, I don't want people disposing of their own sewerage. Tanks are pretty useless when it does not rain and your average household tank might supply a garden for a couple of weeks. They can only have minimal impact.

  15. me and Pants have just had 3 months in a place with only tank and dam water. just sayin.

    apparently stir-fry restaurants have taps running all the time on their kitchen's woks.

  16. I have had plenty of that experience when I was young Ann. But it is not the sign of a civilised city. You are correct about stir fry restaurants, but authorities are aware and action has taken place.

  17. Talk of a resal plant in sydney really pisses me off too... they're gonna bring it in right next to a storm water drain that gushes out relatively clean storm water into the ocean

  18. Yep Jo. It is not like the technology is not there.