Recycled sewage

There was a proposal to recycle sewage water as drinking water in Toowoomba - after appropriate treatment, obviously. Scientists assure us it's perfectly safe and could ease the drought. The residents voted 'no'. And their reasons? Because they're worried it's not safe? They want further testing before approving it? No, they don't want it because they're afraid it will hurt Toowoomba's image - they're known as a 'garden city' and don't want people to start calling them 'Poowoomba'.

Really, I'm not having a go at Toowoomba; I'm sure that the vote would have been the same just about anywhere in Australia. So when did we get to the point where image is more important to us than survival?


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