But, we are sealing so much of what used to be areas where rain soaked in. From the city, where smooth concrete paving is now preferred, against the above bluestone, to the inner suburbs where medium and highrise buildings are aplenty taking up whole blocks, to middle suburbs where large blocks of land with vast soak in areas are being replaced with medium rise buildings, covering the land completely, to the outer suburbs where new developments have houses built almost covering the whole are area of land.
We are already seeing the result of this, but it would be stretching it to say it has led to less rainfall but what we are seeing is greater flooding, meaning our streets, roads, train lines and tram routes become impassable after heavy but brief rain. There is just so much water to run off now, rather than soaking into the ground.
The authorities have made a terrible mistake and there is no going back. A lot of money will now have to be spent on drainage, and of course the taxpayer will pay, not the profit driven property developers.