The Australian drought of the first years of the
twenty-first century has thrown tensions, conflicts,
and some long-standing chasms between
use and the realities of supply into stark relief.
Australian cities faced record lows in water storages,
urban water restrictions have now been in
force for years, and irrigators faced radically
decreased allocations. In short, Australians were
confronted with water scarcity that has always
existed, but which, as a nation, we have managed
to ignore, either by our wilful imaginations
and desires, or by the apparent security of our
water storages and the endless on-tap supply
that they seemed to provide.