Thursday 12th May, 2011
It is still cold and we are still having showers of rain passing through. Tonight, when they gave the weather on the TV, they said that we have had more rain so far in May than what we got for all of April.
I wish there was some way we could keep all the rain that is falling. Yeah, I know we can.....in rainwater tanks. That is OK if you have a large backyard and can have several tanks, but we haven't got the large backyard. We have a rainwater tank but it would only have the capacity to water the garden (pot plants) for about 6 months.
I don't know what is going to happen come July. The Government has just announced that our water rates and sewerage rates are going up by some astronomical amount....a 50% increase.
They have built a de-salination plant and it is way over budget and way behind being finished. As a result , us the tax payers, have to pay for it. It's OK for SA Water to have some 200 people working for them being paid in excess of $100,000 per year. I wonder what the rest of their employees get, nothing like that I bet.
I feel really sorry for the low income earners, how on earth are they going to afford this new lot of tax increases? It's not just water prices increasing but also electricity, gas, food, petrol. Where will it end?
I remember we used to make fun of the Poms by saying they only bathe once a week. It's come to bite us on the bum now, because that's what I can see happening here. People will only shower every few days instead of daily just to save on water. Gardens will be neglected, it was bad enough when we had water restrictions during the drought years. These restrictions were only lifted late last year.
I am so glad we own our home and don't have to worry when the interest rates go up, and that we are not raising children. It's still not easy on one wage but we manage. We are still able to afford a few luxuries like going out to eat, go to the movies and do other things.
I can see in the not too distant future we will have to tighten our belts too if these taxes keep going up. At least we don't smoke or drink because that's another cost that keeps going up, especially cigarettes.
Enough whingeing, no matter what we say the government won't reverse their decision.
Oh, before I go, what's up with Blogger? They shut down for maintenance and are off for the whole day. Grrr!!!
Well I did manage to get some more laundry done and I got to do the ironing....yayyyy!!!
From the Lens........just some of the ironing