Houston, we have a problem. Water!
Where is the extra water to support all the spa baths etc. going to come from?
This has not been a particularly hot summer, but with the lack of recent soaking rain and persistent wind, our water supply is suffering.
Council records show that since November 18, our water supply has fallen every week.
It's now 2.84 per cent lower than the peak of 65.26 per cent.
Despite "above average" rain (as distinct from 2019/20), present usage means we have no water in about six years.
Within a couple of months, we'll drop back under 60 per cent and our Council will no doubt relish the opportunity to move us back to level 3 restrictions.
Since November 18, the people of Orange have averaged 155 litres per person per day.
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The target under level 2 is 220, so we are doing our bit.
Without adequate water, it's pointless continuing to just think that endless development will benefit Orange by providing more housing.
Council seemed to lose interest in water once we got over 60 per cent.
Time to refocus now Council. Start by asking the serious question of the DA applicant as to where the water for the 211 houses will come from.
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