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Money down the drain

As water becomes scarcer and restrictions tighter, Club owners are leading a quiet revolution in saving millions of litres of the state's most precious resource.

When the Pacific Golf Club refurbished the men's toilets last year, Desert waterless urinals were installed and general manager Ray Smith yesterday said a recent audit made for 'mind blowing' reading.

In the first four months this year, the clubhouse used 745 kilolitres at a cost of $722. This compared with the first four months of 2005 when they used 3922 kilolitres at a cost of more than $4000.

'On that basis, we stand to save 12 million litres or 12 mega litres of water every year at a cost saving of $16,000. Nobody could say we are not doing our bit for the environment,' Mr Smith said.

'When the idea was pushed on me we worked on a basis of saving about 30,000 litres a year but these figures have certainly blown me away.

'I can pretty much assume that the difference would have been flushed away.

'We are looking at building dams but if everyone does what they can to save water you could only imagine how much water we could save.'

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club manager Brian Baldwin said the venue's average daily consumption of water had dropped by half since using the Desert system.

An Education Department spokesman said although it was too early to commit to a full roll out, waterless urinals were being trialled in about 10 state schools.

'The feedback is very positive and the trial has been going on for 12 months but we are still evaluating the water that is being saved and measuring it,' the spokesman said.

The State Government is planning a billion dollar spend on dams, pipelines, water treatment systems and at least one power guzzling desalination plant.

Excerpt from Courier Mail (Qld) article by Jason Gregory, 15 May 2006