Australian prime minister John Howard has hailed a move to force the citizens of Queensland to drink recycled sewage as the way forward for the rest of the world’s driest inhabited continent.
Residents in the drought-hit state will be drinking recycled waste water as early as next year, whether they like it or not. Record low levels in dams have forced the Queensland government to abandon plans for a referendum on the issue.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland premier Peter Beattie said “I think in the end, because of the drought, all of Australia is going to end up drinking recycled purified water”. Well, welcome to the real world mate, here in the UK we’ve been recycling Julius Caesar’s urine for centuries.