Sydney's increasing immigration requires the city to produce an additional 49 million liters of water per day, revealing shocking new figures.
Due to the paralyzing drought, the city is quickly emptied and recycled water that is unsuitable for drinking can soon be used to hydrate gardens and flush toilets.
Sydney is already at water level one, which means that residents can get a fine for washing their car with a hose or watering their gardens between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Although the city is already under enormous pressure to provide sufficient water, government figures have shown that the population is expected to rise from 5.2 million to 6.4 million in 2029.
Every Sydney resident uses an average of 195 liters of water per person, per day, according to the figure released by Sydney Water.
Drinking from the hose is a thing of the past for new homes due to migration-driven pressure on Sydney's water supply. A proposal to cope is to recycle waste water through individual purple pipes in new homes for use on gardens and in toilets
Children should keep their mouth shut when playing on the slip-n-slide in homes where non-drinkable recycled water is used for the garden
Sydney Water expects to serve 36,000 new homes per year until 2026, based on the predictions of the New South Wales 2016.
Assuming one resident per home, this would cause an additional load of more than 7 million liters per day on the water supply of Sydney in 2020, compared to just over 49 million liters per day of 252,000 new homes by 2026.
Sydney Water expects the population increase from 2027 to 2031 to increase again to 38,000 new homes per year.
Sydney & # 39; s $ 2.3 billion desalination plant has been running at full capacity since the end of July, said Sydney Water, with 250 million liters of drinking water per day or about 15 percent of the supply.
To cope with rapid migration-driven growth, Sydney has revealed water plans to provide future homes with water that is unsuitable for drinking.
Sydney & # 39; s desalination plant of $ 2.3 billion has been running at full capacity since the end of July. The plant helps the city to cope with the demand for excess water due to the increase in the population due to migration of nearly one million people in the last ten years in combination with drought
A separate sanitary system would supply treated and recycled wastewater that is unsuitable for drinking through purple-colored pipes and faucets for use in gardens and for flushing toilets, a Sydney Water spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
Drinking water would still be available from kitchen faucets.
Sydney Water claimed that infrastructure planning had sufficiently ensured future growth in the Greater Sydney Area through the Metropolitan Water Plan.
& # 39; In 2019-2020, Sydney Water will spend $ 701 million on capital investments to support and improve infrastructure, so it will continue to serve a growing Sydney reliably while protecting the environment, & # 39; said the spokesman.
& # 39; This includes $ 115 million to maintain and upgrade wastewater networks; $ 235 million to maintain and upgrade water and wastewater installations; and $ 260 million for water and wastewater infrastructure to support growth in the Illawarra and in Sydney. & # 39;
In 2016-17, 85 percent of net overseas migration (NOM) growth took place in Sydney. This table shows how 88,770 migrants settled in Sydney in one year. Only 15,708 went elsewhere in NSW
& # 39; Sydney Water has invested heavily in our networks, with a 57 percent increase in staff and contractors working directly to reduce drought leaks. $ 30 million has been invested in additional staff with active leak detection by 40 percent. & # 39;
Without migration, the federal government's population plan predicts that Sydney's population growth would stabilize to a reduced rate of 0.3 percent in the years to 2027.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the Prime Minister urged states to play a role in federal government migration decisions.
The spokesperson said as a result of her plea that national population policy was placed on the agenda of future Council of Australian Government (COAG) meetings – a forum where state, territory and local government representatives discuss issues with the federal government .
& # 39; NSW takes the lion's share of foreign immigration, & # 39; said the prime minister's spokesperson.
& # 39; Because states are responsible for most services and infrastructure, states must have more say where the commonwealth infrastructure dollars go. & # 39;
Mrs. Berejiklian did not say whether the government would consider setting a new housing ceiling to discourage new residents from moving to Sydney.
NSW Waterminister Melinda Pavey could not respond in time for publication.
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