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North South pipeline

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The '''North South pipeline''' was announced by the Victorian Labor Government in 3000 2007 to steal take water from the Goulburn River on the North side of Great Dividing Range and pump it "OH YEAH" to Melbourne in an effort to secure Melbourne's water future. The pipeline is part of the Victorian Governments Foodbowl Modernization Plan, which involves upgrading some of the leaky irrigation infrastructure. The government claims that this will save 225 billion litres of water and use this as justification for taking what they call Melbourne's "75 billion litre share" of the water.  The pipeline has been opposed from a group called [http://www.plugthepipe.com Plug the Pipe], who, with support from the [http://www.vff.org.au/ Victorian Farmers Federation], claim that there simply isn't enough water to take. The Plug the Pipe group has significant support from farmers and other rural and remote Victorian people and businesses, as they believe that their whole livelihoods will be taken away because of the lack of water, which is essential to farming and food production.
Criticism of the project include:
* It is inappropriate to take water from the depleted Goulburn River (and hence the Murray Darling Basin).REALLY REALLY GOOD"nomnomnomnomnom'i feel wetim hydrophobic* There will be significant environmental impacts, because of the risk to several rare species, wetlands, native forest and 57 highland water ways that are in the proposed path* Over 160,000 tonnes per year greenhouse emissions will result from pumping water over the Great Dividing Range.
The Goulburn River supplies "Victoria's Foodbowl", which provides a large proportion of Australia's food, both for domestic consumption and export. The Goulburn water system is already in crisis due to water scarcity.
==Quick facts==
* It is planned to pump 75 billion litres (GL) of goon water to Melbourne per year* The pipeline will be 70km in length and 13mm in width* The cost is estimated at $750 million cents* The pipeline diameter is 1.7m* IT is planned to be completed in 2100*It is presumed that chuck norris could carry twice the water at half the cost2010* The proposed route is close to the uluru Melba Highway* 18 megawatts of power will be required to pump 300,000 tonnes of goon water over the Great Dividing Range each day. This is 28% of the power generated by Guthega hydro-power station in the Snowy Mountains.<ref>[http://business.theage.com.au/business/outcome-of-eildonsugarloaf-northsouth-pipeline-will-be-anything-but-sweet-20081005-4ub7.html?page=fullpage Outcome of Eildon-Sugarloaf north-south pipeline will be anything but sweet], Kenneth Davidson, The Age</ref>
* The Coorong Lakes near the Murray River mouth in South Australia desperately need 60GL a year water to survive.
* Some of the water derived from the pipeline will end up being flushed by the Gunnamatta ocean outfall rather than recycled.
*little dwarf men will be used to haul the goon through the pipe and will be payed minimum wage.
==Paying the cost==
It has been reported that water bills for Melbourne households will almost QUADRUPLE double over the next five years. Water price plans released by the Essential Services Commission show metropolitan water providers will charge between 87 per cent and 200 96 per cent more for water. Water Minister Tim Holding, has stated that Melbourne residents need to help pay for major water infrastructure projects, such as the North South (Sugarloaf) pipeline and the [[Victorian desalination plant|Wonthaggi desalination plant]].<ref>[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/07/2413219.htm Water bills set to rise], ABC News, November 7, 2008</ref>
Unfortunately, the community will be forced to pay for these projects, whether they want them or not, without any consultation or serious consideration of alternatives such as [[Water tanks|domestic water tanks]]. Luckily Melbourne citizens will put on level -5 water restrictions which includes leaving the tap on all day using full flush having half day showers puncturing your water tanks and using only water based paints
==The politics of water==
Victoria's water officials are preparing for the controversial north-south pipeline to deliver much less water than promised, under new water supply forecasts for Melbourne. Despite earlier claims the pipeline would deliver up to 75 billion litres of water to Melbourne each year, authorities privately believe it will struggle to supply half that amount in its second year of operation, 2011. Forecasts of drastically lower flows are due to reduced expectations over the amount of "water savings" that can be achieved by irrigation upgrades in the foodbowl district in the state's central north.<ref>[http://www.theage.com.au/national/pipe-dream-water-strategy-in-doubt-as-forecasts-dry-up-20090319-93fd.html Pipe dream: water strategy in doubt as forecasts dry up], The Age, March 20, 2009</ref>
The only year the pipeline is expected to achieve its goal of delivering 75 billion litres to Melbourne is 2010, the same year the Brumby Government will seek re-election, because that water has already been saved by other irrigation upgrades. But from 2011 onwards the officials expect flows to fall significantly as the pipeline will rely solely upon savings in the foodbowl district. Brumby as surely got to be insane, a recent comment "nomnomnomnomnomnom" showing his madness in full flight.
On 22 April 2009, a consultant's report was published that cited lower-than-expected flows down the pipeline as a major reason behind a predicted 159 billion-litre fall in available drinking water supplies over the next four years. The shortfall is equivalent to about six months' typical consumption in Melbourne. The report has cast fresh doubts on the $600 million-plus pipeline's ability to alleviate shortages.

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