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Barlow says, ‘scrap dams and desal plants’

The Adelaide Independent Weekly reports, “South Australia is heading towards disaster by relying on the Port Stanvac desalination plant, according to one of the world’s foremost advisors on global water supplies.”

The article quotes Maude Barlow saying, “I would count Australia among the ‘hot stains’ – a nation destroying its water heritage in order to remain an economic powerhouse and lulled by successive political leaders into thinking that this is just a temporary drought and that technology will save the day.”

The report continues, “She said large dams wasted water through evaporation (and that) ‘Desalination plants generate a poisonous by-product, a lethal combination of concentrated salt brine, the chemicals needed for the reverse osmosis process, and the aquatic life sucked into the process.’”

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