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Turnbull's urban water plan lacks vision - Greens

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Rachel Siewert 20 Nov 2007

The Greens say the Government's new urban water plan lacks the innovation and the vision needed to have sufficient impact on our pressing water issues to make a difference.

"Malcolm Turnbull's new plan is simply not tackling the problem at the scale needed to really make a difference," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It does nothing to help Australian households reduce their use."

"The plan is a last minute response slapped together to counter criticism that the government has done nothing to address water in their election campaign."

"The Greens' Water Tight announcement yesterday is both more innovative and more comprehensive. If enacted it would make major differences to both industrial and household water use and save consumers money at the same time."

The Greens policy sets new water efficiency standards and creates a Water Tight Fund to help households cover the up-front costs of dramatically reducing their water use.

"Mr Turnbull's plan is little more than smoke and mirrors. It contains little new money and simply re-announces funds already committed under the National Heritage Trust."

"Its time to take the water crisis seriously and make a real commitment to innovation. We need to set clear targets and invest in helping households and industry use dramatically less water," said Senator Siewert.

"We already have the technology and the know-how to make major inroads into water efficiency and reduce household use by 50-70%," she concluded.

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