Posts tagged as: drought

The Greater Melbourne Alternative Water Plan

The RHAA is pleased to present this blog authored by Urban Water Cycle Solutions and Thirsty Country. Building design can fundamentally change how Melbourne households use water and how urban water is provided.

Rainwater Harvesting Myths

Rainfall during the millenium drought in BrisbaneThere are a series of myths about rainwater harvesting that do the rounds and get recycled every couple of years. We thought it might save time if we listed them here and provided  a response.

Managing Drought: Learning from Australia

IllustrationThis report was funded by the Californians and responds to the Californian drought crisis by summarising the lessons learnt in Australia from the Millenium drought. This quote caught our eye “The Australian experience shows that investment in water conservation options provided the cheapest, quickest and most effective contribution to managing demand during the drought,” said Professor Stuart White, director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), at the University of Technology Sydney. “Without them many cities and towns would have run out of water.”

El Nino 2015, getting hot

map of warm water in eastern pacificOn 2nd October  Tasmania and Victoria were experiencing bushfires in Spring. On the 7th of October the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) started issuing multiple media alerts. The Indian Ocean had cooled down creating dryer conditions, September was the third driest on record and October is likely to be one of the warmest on record. On 8th October the BOM issued special climate statement 52 for unusual early season heat for southern Australia. Inland Queensland and Western Victoria have been dry for three years. While the big dry has generally stayed away from Coastal cities Townsville water storages have reached 30%, triggering Stage 2 water restrictions.

Wisdom at the Gates of Melbourne – Sustainable Buildings Breakfast

multicolored skyscraper“Wisdom cries out in the street, in the square she raises her voice, at the busiest corner she cries out, at the entrance to the city gates she speaks” Proverbs 1 20-21 At the gates of Melbourne in Federation Square on a busy Friday morning, Dr Peter Coombes presented the arguments for water targets for sustainable buildings in Australia.

More houses, less water?

BASIX five year outcomes summaryWe are going to need a lot of houses in Australia. About 4 million new households are projected by 2036, a 50% increase from 2011. (ABS, 2015).   These houses will need additional infrastructure for electricity and especially water. How do we manage this? It is an important question because the millennium drought demonstrated finding more supply is expensive. Water and sewerage bills rose by 38% from 2005 to 2014. (BOM, 2015).

Welcome from the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia

young lady hugging corrugated iron water tankThe Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) is delighted to continue the Ripple Effect blog and continue a conservation about sustainable practices and sustainable water use in this dry country.

Matt Damon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a Twist

Matt Damon wearing a toilet seatThe ALS Ice bucket challenge has taken the world by storm with celebrities and even the Simpsons have taken part to raise money for charity. While all are entertaining, not all are the same. Find out why Matt Damon uses water from the toilet?

Great work capturing water from these young whippersnappers

The finalists have been announced for the 2012 savewater! awards photographic competition Junior category (up to 12 years old). This award is designed to recognise creative talent by capturing water conservation imagery as the key focus. Check out the great work from the budding photographers.

Are we in for another wet summer?

A dry field with a storm in the distanceWe’re set for some great weather this weekend!   With beautiful sunny days forecast this weekend across Australia we begin to think that summer is well on its way. We all know that summer in Australia can mean storms, rain, and cyclones if you’re in the right (or wrong) part of the country. But what about floods and drought? What are we in for?