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Ever thought about how water gets to your place? Currently, Sydney’s water demands are met by building dams in remote places and praying that it rains. The water collected is treated to drinking standard, pumped 68 kilometres to the city, yet only two per cent of that water actually wets our collective lips.
Even after taking into account other uses for water, like food preparation, showering and bathing, less than a fifth of water used at home needs to be of drinking quantity. The current set up is inefficient, unsustainable and highly vulnerable to climate change – and it needs to change. Enter the City’s Decentralised Water Master Plan.
Our proposed decentralised water system will source water locally. This local water will be treated and distributed via separate purple pipes that will sit alongside the current water network. And the best bit? This local water will only be used for non-drinking purposes like watering gardens, parks and flushing toilets – saving our precious drinking water, for well, drinking!