Call for hi-tech recycling system

TWEED Shire Council should investigate hi-tech recycling systems for its water supply instead of building any more dams, says secretary of the Calera Environment Centre Sam Dawson.

Mr Dawson who represents the Murwillumbah-based environmental lobby group on a new council committee considering options for Tweed’s future water supply said dams are old technology.

His group is backing a public meeting to be held in the Uki public hall tonight to discuss the options which include raising the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam and building a new dam at Byrill Creek west of Mt Warning.

Both options have caused alarm from landholders nearby and from conservationists.

Last week Tweed mayor Warren Polglase said groups like Caldera Environment Centre could have “as many meetings as they like” but Tweed’s main water source would always be a dam.

“Dams are old technology,” said Mr Dawson.

“Building a giant rock wall and blocking the flow of a stream is pretty primitive. It’s 2010 next year. That’s well into the 21st century.”

Mr Dawson said it was time the council instead looking at “cutting edge technology” such as reverse osmosis for treating used water.

He said that could produce water of a far better quality than currently comes from the Clarrie Hall Dam and needs extensive treatment.

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