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Water tanker filling a pool in Camberwell
Water tanker filling a pool in Camberwell
Two water tankers were required
Two water tankers were required

Consider carefully whether you really need a swimming pool.

Water restrictions in Melbourne, Australia, now disallow filling pools from the mains water, so now people pay to have it trucked in from country Victoria.

The direct consequences of this are:

  • Depletion of acquifers (underground water) where this water is pumped from
  • Carbon emissions from pumping from the ground, truck transport, then pumping from the truck to the pool.

This practice is inappropriate for these reasons; it is simply not sustainable. Perhaps the time has come to only allow the filling of pools from roof storm water, or to just ban them? Surely this is now a luxury that we cannot really afford, if we are serious about taking all available steps to combat climate change.

The average pool would only get used about 15 days in a year in any case.

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