You’ll never miss the water until the well runs dry. Those words may mean nothing to the rest of the world, but for people in the Land Down Under it’s a lesson learned the hard way – too hard, some will say. When the continent was plagued with arguably the worst drought in years, every citizen realised how every drop counts – including those that came from above.
Had the government not been able to enact water efficiency measures, Australian lives would have suffered by the droves. Thankfully, austerity and water storages saved the day.
Trial by Fire
If there was one moment when Australia’s resilience caught the world, it’s during what many dubbed as the Millennium Drought — a most severe drought which lasted for a decade or so, starting in 1995 and not officially ending until 2012. The length of time should tell everyone it’s no ordinary catastrophe.
Perhaps Queensland got the worst, for as early as the second half of 1991 an extremely severe drought already manifested in Australia’s second largest state. As water supply dwindled all over the country, it seemed death was awaiting Australia.
But Australia is no ordinary nation. Bracing itself for the worst, the government and its people worked hand in hand to save water – rainwater, most importantly.
If rainfall was scarce, then saving all the rain that can be saved would certainly give a breather to water-deprived families. At the height of the crisis, water tanks had its finest hour. Rhinotanks.com.au, a fire tank supplier in Australia, even mentions these rainwater tanks became a standard feature in thousands of Australian abodes.
Not only did such timely rainwater harvesting trust help in plant growth all over the continent, it also provided a vital alternative water source for daily home use (e.g., washing clothes, cleaning cars, watering the gardens).
Interestingly, rain water has proven to be an important factor in improving plant growth. Plants were free from pollutants and other man-made contaminants (e.g, mineral, salts).
In the end, Australia did not just survive the ordeal. It did so with flying colours.