Drinking fountains in every town won’t fix all our water issues – but it’s a healthy start

Tue, 13 Jun 2023 14:30:02 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Water plays a significant role in Aboriginal culture. The Fish Traps in
Brewarrina, Baiame’s Ngunnhu, for example, were built by eight clan groups and
continue to sustainably fish the Barwon River.

Respect for and understanding of water has enabled Aboriginal people to thrive
for millennia in very hot and remote places. The impacts of colonisation
including introduced species of plants and animals, farming and overuse of
rivers and ground water, compounded by global warming, has dramatically reduced
water access and quality, and in some places threatened the water supply.

Recent coverage of the quality of drinking water in Walgett in New South Wales
again highlights that clean, safe drinking water is not a right in Australia.
Walgett residents say the water is unsafe to drink and they’re backed by
scientists from the George Institute who report an urgent need to address
drinking water quality."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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