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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Water water everywhere

So the first drought order for 11 years takes effect today in England.

OK, I mean I'm all for conserving water and sensible use and all that, but c'mon people


It's been raining all day. And all night. It was raining all day yesterday. And most of last week. It will be raining all of tomorrow. The drainage ditch for the new houses being built down the road is overflowing. the local river is only millimetres off it's banks. the little stone humpbacked bridge in the old town has less than 3inches of air gap between it's highest point and the water. The pooh sticks wash past quicker than we can run sccross the bridge.

Britain is an Island, completely crisscrossed with rivers, lakes, loch's, ponds, streams, marshes, bogs, and waterfalls. You can barely walk a mile without having to cross water.

I know that an abundance of water does not mean that there is enough clean water, and that the problem is moving the clean water to the population centres, but last year the water company that applied for this order made a profit of £8.8million! Perhaps if they spent some of that on investment, sewerage plants, rainwater conversions, grey water recycling and plugging leaks in their mains pipes it would be better for everyone - except a few fat-cats obviously.


  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 5:31:00 pm, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    My godparents, who live in Worcestershire, have been saying for the last 10 years that England is in a drought. I always thought this was completely ridiculous. There's a big difference between a drought and a lack of potable water, and you're right, where there's a profit to be made, someone always loses.

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 5:41:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    I (just) remember 1976. That actually was a drought (for England) a dry winter followed by a dry hot summer.

    the grass died, the forests caught fire, the rivers dried up. it was dusty & depressing (although nobody moaned about the sunshine:-) )

    That was when the water companies were nationalised, and we paid a token £50 or something each year to cover both water & sewerage. They didn't feel the need to implement drought measures until well into the summer then, but now we pay £400 or £500 oer year for our water to private companies, they feel it is necessary to ban hospipes in the middle of winter, and have drought orders in place during a downpour!

    thats progress for you.

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 7:11:00 pm, Anonymous Claire said…

    I agree with you 100% crikey it's been raining pretty much non-stop for the last 2 weeks!! I went for a walk at Chew Valley Lakes (Bristol Water's reservoir) and they were nice and full with lots and lots of water!!

    This whole drout stuff is absolute nonsense it really is!

    Here from Michele's today!

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 7:38:00 pm, Blogger Carl V. said…

    I'd be more than happy to take some of your rain over here in the states, particularly in my yard. Its too early to be this hot, and this dry. I can send you a self-addressed stamped envelope if this would help you ship it over this way.

    btw, visiting from Michele's.

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:18:00 pm, Blogger jennypenny said…

    I think you've got the right idea! Maybe you should run for government? The whole idea of there being a drought while it is raining is just ridiculous!!

    Here from Michele's

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:20:00 pm, Anonymous Richard said…

    We just had a rain period for over 4 months here in the North Bay of California. Finally some sunshine!

    yes... a michele's visitor

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:32:00 pm, Blogger CyberKitten said…

    I think it's a pre-emptive "drought" order. We've had a series of very dry Winters (and Summers) and we're apparently expecting a long hot Summer this year - which I'll believe when I see it.

    Climate patterns are changing though - Drought is a thing we'll need to get used to I think.

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 9:14:00 pm, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    What do you suppose they are thinking about here??? I know it is most likely some form of would think, well....never mind, when greed is involved nothing else matters to those who are greedy...Terrible Terrible!

  • At Saturday, May 27, 2006 10:56:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    The other day the news was showing us 'shocking' pictures of dry river beds.....
    I tend to blame bad water management than actual 'drought' conditions.....

    The last two Fridays I have driven home through lashing rain and standing water...up to 4" deep!

    Some seriously BAD management going on around here........


  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 9:05:00 am, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    CK, I get that climate patterns are changing. I'm not denying any of the stuff that's going on. But I have not seen any evidence of lack of water in th UK this year. Anywhere. And if much hotter & dryer countries can manage to have water available for their people to use, I don't really understand how come we can't!

    When I was in Israel, we had no restrictions on water use: we could wash & shower as much as we liked, drinking water & ice were always available, everybody (well, all the Jews) watered their gardens every day & had lush green grass in them, the orange grove I worked in had an automatic sprinkler system, etc Yet they are a country with virtually no domestic water supply, and rain (if you're lucky) for a maximum of three months per year.

    We have an abundance of domestic water, rain all year round and stable population centres. The problem we have is that our water transportation & delivery systems are poorly managed.

    In Spain, Almost every house has a rain water collection for their toilets (and often their shower) - why don't we offer those? That would save loads of water (and cost for those with metres). Or a grey water resvoir?

  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 1:16:00 pm, Blogger debambam said…

    reminds me of the leeches of society known as BANKS..they make BILLIONS of dollard profit, yet still find some way to add an extra fee here and there...makes me sick!

  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 6:22:00 am, Anonymous ~ Stacy ~ said…

    I love playing Pooh Sticks. [big silly grin] I'm not much for politics, but I would vote for Mrs. A. if she ran for office. (as per JennyPenny's comment) [heh]

  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 3:33:00 pm, Blogger silentmum said…

    Can actually see that- last year we had the most horrid summer due to rain (practically unheard of in Calgary) which resulted in a mass of floodings- it wasn;t that there was no water- there was jsut not enough 'clean' water- the flooding having overrun the sewer system and contaminted the entire water supply- we were on drought alert for a while until the system cleared through the 'back log'. The resevoirs were full but the water was....yucky. Then it had to be filtered and be made fit for human consumption/use. Alot of poeple have rainwater barrels- it's jsut that we don;t get much rain......and the ground is frozen for 5 months of the year- mind you they could use all the snow melt as flushing water

  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 5:49:00 pm, Blogger Sleepypete said…

    (chuckle) I put the cricket scoreboard on my Blog yesterday ... So far this summer it's :

    Work's cricket 1 : Summer Rain 6 !

    We managed to get the first game of the season played but the 6 scheduled since that have all been rain victims :-(.


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