Four Corners - Water Pressure
Australia's well is running dry. The world's most arid continent is also the biggest user of water per head of population. Now all Australians must hear a wake-up call: unless we get smart with how we use water, and do it quickly, the nation's sustainability is under threat.
This is the message of a special report by award-winning reporter Chris Masters in a timely inventory of our most precious resource. Masters journeys thousands of kilometres through five states, surveying the key pressure points in the water crisis. He explores the mistakes of past and present farming practices, and glimpses the shock the very near future holds unless Australia changes its ways.
Cameraman Neale Maude's pictures show not only devastated landscape but also the extraordinary beauty of the country that survives - a reminder of what we've still got to lose.
The story is one of hope. We meet farmers tackling the water crisis by embracing radical change. We find farmers and environmentalists working together in a way that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. There are no simple solutions and some hard choices must be made. The question is: can we make them in the space of one generation?
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