I picked up my Sunday morning newspaper and there in bold print is "Sydney at risk of running out of water". What a shock it is to hear as you kinda take having water at your disposal for granted. Yes if my beautiful but dry Harbor City does not get sufficient rain by May next year a large majority of the city will not have water for everyday use. The reservoir supplying two thirds of Sydney homes is at its lowest ever levels.There is even desperation talk of having to use a mothballed pump to extract the low storage water dregs from the dam. The government has now applied the strictest use of water restrictions ever. We have a desalination plant but this supplies a mere 15% of the 5 million population. We need to build several more evidently. If worst comes to worst we may have to drill for underground aquifer water and pump it to my state. A more sensible solution is to harvest 'wet season' water from the Top End (northern Australia) and pipe it to our parched interior and wherever it is most needed say.. our farms that feed us cityites and also to the cities themselves. This is a far less expensive solution to the aquifer one as you do not need to desalinate wet season water. But this is too simple an idea for politicians to grasp. Well continue to bury your heads in sand and this great city will surely run dry and hungry. Good to see I have an ally Bess. You make a good point about reducing rising sea waters thru desal. It is a no brainer. Australia.. like America I expect.. has both annual catastrophic floods as well as dry spells. What an irony that is. One of the most astounding aspects of this whole subject is when these extreme storms hit why are governments the world over not harvesting more stormwater.. Australia had a series of massive monsoonal like storms/cyclones early this year in our tropical north. In fact we have them almost every year. I wonder how much of that groundwater..and there must be millions of litres of it.. were actually harvested. Not a great deal if what I am reading is correct.. that a majority of actual urban groundwater is permitted to simply flow into our oceans. Asia should never run out of water with their annual monsoons drenching many countries for months at a time. But prior to this years annual storms I was reading that Chennai In India..think it was..was almost out of water. This waste of such a vital resource shows gross stupidity by our governments at all levels.