Physicist: Giant water bags answer to drought
An ambitious scheme has been put forward to solve the water crisis in the New South Wales south-east and Murray-Darling Basin.
Queensland physicist Doctor Ian Edmonds wants to harvest excess water in that State's north and float it down the eastern seaboard to the far south coast using giant inflatable plastic bags.
It would then be pumped into the Snowy via a pipeline from Tathra, near Bega.
Writing in the Water Engineering Australia magazine, Doctor Edmonds says each bag would contain 150 megalitres and be up to half a kilometre long.
He says the idea is not new.
"It originally came from the problem we had up here in Queensland a couple of years ago when Brisbane was in severe drought," he said
"I came up with this idea of transporting water from the Northern Rivers - the Tully and the Burdekin - by sea down to Brisbane.
"Since that time, of course, the problem has resolved itself."