Sunday, July 8, 2007


‘Nemo’ water plan has merit, says Commission

‘The Queensland Water Commission has not ruled out using massive ocean-going bags to transport fresh water to drought-ravaged South-East Queensland.

A Brisbane physicist has come up with a plan to use a strong ocean current to float submerged 60 megalitre-capacity sacks of water from the Tully River, south of Cairns, to the Gold Coast.

The 1600 kilometre journey would take about three days and the plastic membranes would be emptied into the Southern Regional Water Pipeline for pumping around the region.

Proponent Ian Edmonds said his proposal would be much cheaper and more energy-efficient than desalination plants or a controversial plan to build a pipeline to transport water over the same distance.’

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