Rural reality in climate change.

Below is a quote from a small farm which has had steady occupancy and rainfall-fed life for a century.  They have fruit trees and sheep.  They use a high-wate-efficiency dishwasher, and have a water treatment system which recycles all their waste water, run by solar electricity.  The saline groundwater has high metal content, don’t think that “salt”  in salinity is just sodium chloride, and purifying it is not that simple.  (I think maybe I shoukd do a post on “What is a salt.”)

Be aware of the lives of those who grow the wool and fruit and milk you use.

So dilemma time: 4 rungs left in the tank.  No rain for the best part of 8 months… driest summer in the driest state.  So we can stop watering anything but the horses and drinks for us, do the washing in Albany which is 120 km round trip.  Can’t cut showers down more than we do now, which is only if going out.  Washing up still has to be done unless we invest in paper plates.  But if the rains don’t come at the end of the week…we won’t have any water.  Or money to buy any, as usual.  If this dry season is in fact the new norm, as seems to be the case, we simply cannot live here much longer.  No bore.  All groundwater is saline.  They are putting a new water pipe all the way from East of Albany to the town site but that is slow renewal aquifers, and mostly “old water” from a time when the region had rain.  And besides, we don’t have any scheme water here as we are 11 km out of town , so it’s a moot point.  Climate change is very real here.  Enjoy your buffers people. My world could be your world very soon.

 

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