Face it, Melbourne, you need another dam
Was taking a look at Andrew Bolt’s latest round-up of Australia’s part-time, 180K/year climate commissar, paleontologist Tim Flannery.
You know, how his fear-mongering predictions about permanent drought and rains that would never fill our dams and rivers were so utterly wrong.
Anyway, what really cought my eye was the table Bolta put up a little ways down in that post.
I’m from Brisbane originally, and he’s from Melbourne, so I took a quick look at the two.
Brisbane has water storage capacity of about 2.2 million megalitres.
Melbourne has a capacity of only about 1.8 million megalitres.
Brisbane’s dams are about 90% full.
Melbourne’s dams are only at around 80% (and that’s being generous).
And yet, flick over to Wikipedia, and Melborne has a population of about 4.2 million.
Brisbane? Only 2.2 million.
Start doing some back of the envelope math, and it’s beyond obvious that Melbourne has far less water per person than Brisbane.
With dams at 100% capacity, Brisbane has enough for about 1 megalitre per person.
Melbourne at full capacity can can barely manage about 40% per person compared to what Brisbane gets.
Look at actual current capacity, and the numbers get even worse.
Currently, Brisbane can manage about 900 kilolitres per person.
Melbourne? A mere 330 kilolitres per person – barely over a third.
Now back when it was a bit dry, even Brisbane had to do it tough. Sure, no ridiculous buckets in the shower, but the only way Mum could keep her modest garden well watered, was thanks to Dad installing two water tanks in the back yard. Otherwise, Mum might as well have gotten some sand and desert rocks.
And folks in Bris Vegas still can’t use water like it’s endless. But, crikey, you guys in Melbourne currently have only around a third of the water per person as they do in Brisbane.
Long story short, it’s time to put the propaganda aside, and build another bloody dam, Melbourne.
It won’t be the end of nature. Heck, the habitat around Brisbane’s Wivenhoe dam is gorgeous. Nature is resilient. Nature adapts. Nature tends to like water.
How high can one hope, though? The Victorian premier seems about as non envirotard liberal as Mitt Romney smoking a joint at a John Lennon tribute concert.
Related: Yes, whole swathes of people CAN be convinced with dud “science”.