Growing pains

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Mangrove ravagée par la sécheresse et la salinisation en Australie © AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD

It sounded like a revolting joke. The vegies at Werribee had been drinking treated sewage from the nearby treatment plant for barely two years, when the lettuce leaves started turning yellow.

The “discolouration“, as it was officially dubbed, was accompanied by stunted growth in several crops, and the public profile of recycled water duly took another battering. The Age.

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