Melbourne’s water recycling policy still in cocoon

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(Melbourne Eastern Sewage Treatment Plant)

Environmentalists said Melbourne could save more water if it adopted a proper water policy.

State Government doesn’t support water recycling policy. Sustainable Water Use Expert, Dr Grace Mitchell said, “I don’t think we should just rule it out and just take it off the table.”

Singapore’s reclaimed water shows the actual efficacy in using recycled water.

Water recycling policy debate didn’t go on public. Environment Victoria’s CEO, Kelly O’Shanassy said, “And the government just say we are not going to drink sewage.”

Melbournians are drinking small amount of recycled sewage because of sewage treatment plant. “When you purify recycled water, it is cleaner than the water that in the Yarra River right now. Once they understand it, they are willing to give a go,” said Kelly O’Shanassy.

Water recycling policy involves two classes of recycled water. Class A recycled water is safe to use in agriculture. The other class is able to be drunk and put it back into dams.

“If you did that you could use much more of the recycled water, we can save at least a hundred and fifty billions litres of water a year,” said Kelly O’Shanassy.

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Experts’ solution for Melbourne’s traffic congestion

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Melbourne’s traffic congestion arrested transport experts’ concern in easing its seriousness. Experts consider using London congestion tax system as a possible solution.

The Melbourne’s traffic will grow for 20% more in the next 10 years. Congestion is getting greater with this growth. The worsened traffic costs the Melbourne economy 3 billions dollars a year and will double in 2020.

Monash University’s Chair of Public Transport, Professor Graham Currie said, “What we need is some kind of mechanism to help us to solve the congestion problem in the same time fund the solution.”

Congestion tax system worked well in London and created money for other positive purpose like funding the system. “It reduces congestion because people don’t like it,” said Professor Graham Currie.

Public Transport Users’ Association President, Daniel Bowen said, “It (congestion tax system) is certainly worth considering.”

Its success depends on whether the public transport standard will allow people to switch from cars to public transport.

“If it does happen, we got to make sure the money goes to improve things in transport,” said Daniel Bowen. If Melbourne introduces the congestion tax system, the extra amount of money should be carefully spent to improve the transportation’s infrastructure.