A tree and water in Perth
In Perth, trees are being treated with an old-fashioned water-saving measure: water-based fertiliser.
According to the ABC, the Perth Water Utility is using the tree water treatment plant to help with a massive water shortage in the city.
The plant is the first of its kind in the world, and has been in operation since the mid-1990s.
The water-powered fertiliser has been used on hundreds of trees across the city, including in Perth’s west.
But, according to the Perth City Council, the use of tree water has led to a drop in the amount of tree-dwelling water that is being treated.
And, the council says, the extra water treatment could have an impact on the amount and type of trees in the surrounding environment.
Tree-drying is one of the main ways to help meet water requirements in the region.
The WA Government has committed to releasing 1.5 million hectares of forestland and about 200,000 hectares of cropland in 2020.
The Perth City council says it has also been using the water treatment system to help conserve water in some of the city’s most sensitive water areas.
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