User pays at Karratha Visitor Centre

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:55
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A note to all who travel the Pilbara - Karratha Visitor Centre now has a bowser for water which accepts card payments. I aren't sure how much they are charging and will check it out and post the cost in a while.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:00

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:00
i think thats fair enough especially given the tank capacitys of some of the modern caravans etc
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Reply By: Ian & Sue - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:29

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:29
Just checked out the cost and it is $1 for 50 litres - the pump will then cut out. They are hoping the set-up will stop the vandalism which has happened in the past.
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Follow Up By: mylestom - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 15:01

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 15:01
What is the hassle, cost money to put on a tap or feature that won't be vandalised. It is very reasonable to buy 50ltr water for $1.

Just can't understand why it would be a problem.

Too many expect everything to be free. Their is no such thing as free, somewhere along the line someone has to pay.

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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 16:58

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 16:58
Not sure anyone has said its a hassle, just providing info?
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Follow Up By: Ian & Sue - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 17:36

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 17:36
It isn't a problem - I posted so that travels coming through would know in advance to have their coin ready.
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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 19:50

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 19:50
It takes cards though?? Makes it easier. If coins only could be a problem.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 08:03

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 08:03
I didn't see anyone complaining about it being a hassle. Being a bit precious, Trev? I think it is a terrific idea, and very reasonably priced.

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Reply By: Cravenhaven - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 17:00

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 17:00
Finally someone has done this. Its one of those difficult situations when travelling in the outback, you need water but the roadhouses etc have no facility to provide it to you except in bottles. I always feel a little guilty when asking if I can fill up my tank, because there is no way that I can pay for it.
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Follow Up By: Danna - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 17:15

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 17:15
I just hope they will not ask a $1/Lt in Kalgoorlie! It must be probably worst water in the World. It reminds me more water in Tevere, only difference is Romans don’t drink it and only mad will swim in it…

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Follow Up By: kev.h - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 18:37

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 18:37
I have always offered to pay out west when they rely on tanks or have to buy water in.
You get quite a different reaction when you offer to buy water and not just fill up or ask for water for free
Most say no they don't want money but I always leave $2 at least I feel I've paid my way and at least they may continue to supply water to travelers
My tank only holds 56 lts so I'm usually only taking 30 to 40 lts
$1.00 for 50 lts is reasonable
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony Z (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 19:26

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 19:26
Can't remember how many litre's you got but you needed 20c pieces to operate the pump. This was in Cooper Pedy back in 2009.
$1 for 50lt fine by me !!!!
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 19:46

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 19:46
Yeah the Coober Pedy 20c machine was there when we visited in 2002 - I was just trying to find a photo from that visit but I must not have thought it was worth a photo at the time.

I think it is fair enough to pay for water supply - they charge upwards of $4/ltr at the take out shops so a $1 or so for 50litres is cheap and will hopefully keep the idiots from turning on the tap and leaving it on. There is always a few that spoil things for everyone.

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Follow Up By: Danna - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 21:00

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 21:00
Guys,
don't get me wrong, I don’t mind to pay for water either, must be drinkable!
By the way, the Worlds best water is actually less accessible and it is in most unlikely place. It’s water in Kunawarritji Aboriginal Community on Canning Stock Route. Water is from Artesian well. My hubby compares it to the Worlds best beers. Bohemian beers brewed for royalties of Europe since 12th century [the first brewery existed in 1118 in town of Brno]
Cheers Dana
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 04:00

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 04:00
Gidday

Water in kalgoorlie is a lot better than it was 100 or so years ago before a visionary named C Y O'Connor built a dam in the Perth hills and a pipeline to the goldfields ... If you have ever been to Adelaide you wouldn't be so harsh about kalgoorlie water.

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Follow Up By: Danna - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 09:54

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 09:54
Hi Rocco

We can’t reasonably talk about water in Kalgoorlie before 530 km of pipeline was build, mainly under personal supervision of visionary engineer C. Y. O’Conner. There was water if it was raining, otherwise wasn’t any….
But today’s traveler can take sensible quantity in Norseman orPerth where water is OK, and paying for it is reasonable.
I don’t know, but I found Kalgoorlie water lot worst than Adelaide water. It was probably because water in Adelaide was cold.

HooRoo Dana

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Reply By: Member - Ron O (VIC) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 20:13

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 20:13
ld be more than happy to 1 or 2 dollars for 50lt of water at least you no its there
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