BBC News - Water firm imposes hosepipe ban in north-west EnglandOriginally Posted by BBC News
Please note that it is currently chucking it down here!
Bloody hell - any lower and you'll start to see the hidden village!
I won't be surprised if we have such things happen down here in the SW too. The amount of rain here is hovering below a 5th of the average for this time of year.
Not that it'd affect me though, as I don't own a garden or a hose...
Put a sign in your garden saying "Car Wash" - then you will be exempt from the ban
I heard an interesting discussion this morning about the problem. Part of the reason that the north west is having problems is to do with the rock. In London and the south east there is porous chalk so underground aquifers form as the water trickles down through the surface and we can then extract that water even though we don't get much rainfall.
In areas of harder rock, the rainfall just runs away (into the rivers and then the sea???) so even though there's more rain, we're not capturing it (and probably can't do so easily)
Think I got that right but it sort of makes sense.
What we need is the various water companies to employ a huge number of people to build a water grid so we can collect more water and channel it around the country. Benefits would be long term water security and also employing lots of people who currently don't have jobs. Of course, it would cost a vast amount of money with no real impact on increasing profits so I don't suppose it will happen.
I volunteer the towns of Dunstable and Luton to be used as the new reservoir. It'd be the most useful thing either town has done in decades, and it would be fair to say, would finally solve all the traffic problems in the area.
Well, in my part of darkest Warwickshire we haven't had rain for nearly eight weeks now. I blame the North Koreans and cucumber sandwiches.
"In the North West almost one in every four litres of water that is supposed to come through our taps is lost. Only Thames Water and Severn Trent lose a greater volume, with Thames Water leaking 700million alone.
UU, which made a £500m pre-tax profit last year, said fixing leaks was one of its top priorities. It is investing £200million over the next five years on improving its pipe network."
A quarter of the water! And for a company making £500m pre-tax profit, £200m over 5 years investment isn't very much... ie. £40m a year, less than 10% profit.
If they really cared about reducing the leaks, they'd be investing £200m a year for the next 5 years. But then, that'd damage dividends.
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