Turn off lights and appliances to save on your electricity bills.
Don’t keep the tap running when you’re brushing your teeth, and don’t hose down your driveway, because both will only cost you in higher water bills, having used up the water for no useful purpose. If you’re going to use water, and pay for it, one way or another, then at least make sure the cost is worthwhile, or economically rational, if you like.
Take your reusable bags to the supermarket too, if you really believe
Do these things because you resent giving big business your hard earned cash, particularly when you have so little choice over the matter, but please, please, please don’t try to tell me that you are saving the world, or that you are extending the life of the pitiful and pitifully neglected water infrastructure and management regime that our governments have laughably provided.
Yeah, yeah, one person can make a difference, right? Imagine the difference that 3 or 4 million little Melbournians can make! Yes, that’s right, those water restrictions, zealously taken to heart, and even more zealously taken to the water-waster-dobber lines, have made ... NO DIFFERENCE.
Let’s say you weigh 425 pounds - you're big boned, okay. The water “savings” made by Melbournians is the equivalent of losing 6 ounces from your 425 pound frame, a weight loss achieved over many months of dedicated dieting and near death-defying gym work outs.
Here's what Dr Byron has to say:
"The little water-saving gestures, like putting a bucket in the shower or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth — while they are good measures, and I do them myself — are exactly that, gestures.
"They are going to contribute almost nothing to solving
's water crisis and we are deluding ourselves if we think it's going to be enough," Australia
He said two or three large irrigators, such as dairy or cotton farms, would use "in a couple of days" the water the entire city of
could save in a year. Melbourne
But by comparison
Australia's largest irrigator, cotton farm Cubbie Station, has a water allocation in excess of 400,000 megalitres a year. Queensland
The 19,000 megalitres of water saved by Melbournians over the three months of summer would be used by Cubbie Station alone in about 2½ weeks.
uses about 24 million megalitres of water a year. About 75 per cent is used in irrigation, 20 per cent goes to urban and industrial uses and 5 per cent to other rural uses including for stock and domestic needs. Australia
"One of the good things about these small gestures is they indicate public interest and buy-in, that is the public care about this issue, they're concerned about it, and they want to help.
"That's terrific for when it gets to the really serious stage, and we really need to do something that involves a little bit of pain, the public is already onside,"
"But these little gestures will not even get us close to where we want go. If every man, woman and child in
was to do it, the difference in water use would be negligible. Australia
"The problem is the big actions carry with them a pretty big tag, but rather than bite the bullet and adopt some of the big changes needed, we're told to be satisfied with making these symbolic gestures."
Unless large-scale water-saving methods were adopted by governments, state and federal,
's water crisis would only worsen, Dr Byron said. Australia