No flooding here…

At the risk of sounding like a cracked record, I note that once again, summer urban flooding makes the newspaper, when not a drop of runoff has left our property during or after this afternoon’s intense downpour.  Our tank is now a bit over half-full, and the two raingardens remain close…

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Straight to the pool room

Many thanks to Yarra City Council for their commendation of our raingarden, and for a great awards night at the Collingwood Town Hall. Awards went to some amazing, inspiring people;  I’m grateful there was room for recognition of our little idea.  Here’s hoping it’s another step towards broader adoption of new…

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My raingarden diary in print

My raingarden diary features in the latest issue of ReNew Magazine.  Ironically, this issue (No. 135) is subtitled ‘The Water Saving Special”, while the biggest challenge for our system is to use enough of the large volume of water that our house produces. Even with the gardens growing amazingly over…

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A sad, avoidable, predictable day

Of course they are running the line that the 50 gigalitres that the government have ordered from our desalination plant next summer is drawing on our insurance policy (that is costing us something like $600 million dollars a year before they turn it on, and substantially more for the water delivered, while…

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A raingarden harvest

In today’s update of my raingarden diary*, I’m reaping the harvest promised by this paper: Tom, M., Richards, P., McCarthy, D.T., Fletcher, T., Farrell, C., Williams, N. & Milenkovic, K. (2013) Turning (storm)water into food; the benefits and risks of vegetable raingardens (Evaluation des performances et des risques d’un jardin de pluie potager).  Novatech (eds…

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The economics of water supply in Melbourne

This article by Kenneth Davidson cites some disturbing numbers on the extent to which Melbourne Water’s budget has become dominated by paying off of the desalination plant sitting idle 100 km south-east of Melbourne.  The arguments that Davidson makes concerning Melbourne’s plentiful supply of water running off the metropolitan area are…

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