RE: "Council to bring in a ban on hoses", February 13.
ARE your readers are as concerned as I am about our regional water management for Bathurst, which is predicted to run out of water in eight months.
It would appear that our council is relying on the probability of rain to maintain supply.
Stormwater harvesting is commendable, as is a pipeline from Chifley Dam to Bathurst, but still relies on regional rainfall.
I am also concerned that taking water out of larger river and creek pools receiving no inflow, upstream and downstream of Bathurst, will threaten our native platypus as we struggle to harvest water.
Perhaps council could subsidise residential roof water collection tanks to use on site in Bathurst so residents would have greater security and less loss due to seepage and evaporation.
Ten millimetres of rain on the average roof would add 2000 litres per house tank.
Residents may assume that their councillors are not taking seriously the effects of our changing climate.
Our councillors should advise their position on this subject before the next election.
Greening Bathurst will be holding an evening talk on Tuesday, February 18 at 5pm on the subject of "Making Bathurst a liveable city" to be held at The Greens on William.