“The Fly River, Papua New Guinea’s largest river, has a combined flow of 4.5 million litres per second, almost five times that of the river Nile. The Darling and Murray rivers, the two biggest in Australia, have a combined flow of water that is only 6% of the Fly River. (Samarasinghe)”
The idea of piping water to Australia is an interesting thought and as an article titled ‘Silly Science Drought Breaker‘ once stated ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures and never before has Australia been as desperate for water as it is today’. A pdf from www.farmhand.org.au goes through a brief analysis of how Australia could possibly pipe water from PNG. You can read it here. However the farmhand pdf was aiming at piping water from the Fly River as opposed to recent reports about an Australian company called ‘Power & Might’ who are looking into piping water from the Highlands in PNG down to Queensland and other States.
I don’t have much information on this project as yet so I’ll be keeping an eye for developments on this. But as a starter will this require building a huge dam? And if so what will be the environmental impact of this? And I guess the mother of all questions, can this drinking straw be made profitable?
(Picture of Beaver Falls by Brad Morrissey)