Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Let It Rain! Let It Rain! Let It Rain!

Australia is currently suffering a drought in many locations. Here in Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia, the state Water Commission introduced level four water restrictions on Wednesday, 1 November 2006. What does level four water restrictions mean for my household? Well, all outdoor sprinkling and hosing is banned. Watering existing gardens and lawns is only permitted using a hand held watering can or bucket filled directly from a tap on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 4am - 8am and 4pm to 8pm.

Things are pretty serious. Rain water tanks over the last year have been a booming business. Conserving water is uppermost in the minds of most people. Reports on dam levels are now included in the nightly TV weather reports. It makes you really start to think how precious water is...

Yesterday it started to rain. Not a downpour mind you, and certainly not drought-breaking, just a steady drizzle from a grey, overcast sky. It was wonderful. We all expected it to stop last night but I awoke this morning to another day of fine, steady drizzle. It's cool and wet. It's beautiful.

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