Daily LIberal readers would be aware of the many twists and turns in the debate over whether or not Dubbo is in a water crisis.
Some say we have enough in our bores to see us through, regardless of how low Burrendong dam gets, some say we are in a dire straits and wonder why the council has not acted earlier with water restrictions, and some like Chris Devitt, are getting on with finding solutions to save water now and into the future.
The council is set to call for tenders for the construction of a 15-kilometre pipeline costing about $10 million and running from the Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant in the north to the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant in the south.
Dubbo produces about three gigalitres (GL) of effluent a year which Mr Devitt reports is currently being used to irrigate the council's Greengrove property and supplied to others including Fletcher's International Exports for use in growing crops.
Mr Devitt, a civil engineer and consultant to the Dubbo regional Council, has told the Daily Liberal a pipeline would carry effluent into the city to irrigate recreational areas and free up about 0.5 gigalitres (GL) of bore water for treatment and then use as town water.
That's good thinking in anyone's language. Find a way to free up water for drinking and showering, which in drought conditions is the only reason we should turn on a tap.
Now before people start connecting the dots, no, making effluent drinkable is not on Dubbo Regional Council's current agenda.
But, if we do get into a worst-case scenario and it's a choice between expensive bottled water or treated effluent would Dubbo locals drink it? Only you can answer that.
But at least there are people with knowledge looking at options, and that is the one thing we can control in a situation that is fast becoming one where people are lamenting a lack of them.