… but we still can’t water the lawn. As I predicted more than a year ago, the gates have been opened at Wivenhoe Dam, and water saved at substantial cost last year is now flooding down the Brisbane River. Yet, anyone who wanted, for whatever crazy reason, to water their lawn today would be breaching Brisbane’s permanent water restrictions, which forbid watering on Mondays (why Monday? – I have no idea). And watering the lawn between 10 am and 4 pm is never allowed.
It makes sense to require water-efficient sprinklers, taps and so on – investment in such measures now will pay off in a drought. But, when water is plentiful, there should be no restrictions on when and how it is used. That way, restrictions will have more bite when they are actually needed.