In the past 24 hours, my suburb has received 61mm of rain. It has also rained over the catchment area for the dam that supplies most of Sydney's water - and for that we are all grateful. It doesn't mean the drought is over, but it gives us a reprieve.
The dust has been washed off the buildings; the oil has been washed off the roads; and the gardens and open areas are greedily drinking all they can. All this is brilliant, but you have to wonder why the run-off is not being captured for recycling. Why is it all allowed to flow out to sea?