The public will be doing the heavy lifting in the bid to reduce water use by one sixth of the current consumption over the next two years. Just 14% of the 1.6 billion liter reduction will come from the Power and Water Corporation, by phasing in recycled water for irrigation south of the Gap. This is despite the fact that Power and Water will get the lion's share of the $15m Alice Water Smart funding. The rest of the water savings – 86% – will come from consumers cutting back, mostly by turning down the lawn watering tap which is currently using up more than half of the town's supply. Meanwhile, almost twice as much as we're trying to save, close to three billion liters, is being evaporated each year in the sewage treatment plant, water lost to the town forever as the vapour drifts wherever the wind may take it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Google Earth photo showing the expanse of the sewage evaporation ponds. Around three billion liters of water are wasted each year. The Alice Springs News Online published a comprehensive dossier on the sewage plant in 1998.