Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Australia faces severe drought conditions and water shortages. Southeast Queensland, the country's fastest growing area, could run out of water by next December. Drought, climate change and population growth have meant that southeast Queensland's three reservoirs that supply it water, Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine, have a combined water level of 37.2 per cent.

Other state capitals are also facing water shortages and restrictions and soem plans are being made to build desalinization plants. The Irrigation Association of Australia claims that the severe restrictions on water use could cost 6000 to 10,000 agricultural jobs.

Oil and water are the two issues that could bring our society down, only water is not getting the same press that oil does.


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