Every time there is a drought anywhere the …

Comment posted Scotland’s water, Scottish Water, climate change and the south east by Jim B.

Every time there is a drought anywhere the news channels prop up a reporter at a convenient almost dry reservoir. In the backgrounds are huge areas of sand and silt.

Why don’t the water companies get a JCB and a couple of lorries and dig all of it out to increase storage capacity?

Simples? I don’t know – is there a reason why they don’t?

Recent comments by Jim B

  • Indy: For Argyll live online to the result – with Gordon Harmer from Shetland
    I am sorry you and your family suffered, Bob.You are right. such behaviour is unforgivable.

    The good thing is that all their intimidation and mistruths got them nowhere. AS will go down in history as a failure rather than the man who led Scotland to freedom.

    I wonder if JnrTic will be along shortly with his airbrush?

  • Indy: For Argyll live online to the result – with Gordon Harmer from Shetland
    What an appalling speach. He could not bring himself to admit defeat nor congratulate the winning side.
    The only consolation was that he appeared to be on the verge of tears.
    How long will it be before Nicola pushes him aside?
  • Latest YouGov poll puts ‘Yes’ ahead
    Indeed but another worrying feature of the Yougov (sounds official but certainly isn’t) Poll is that anybody can join their panel.

    Do they, can they indeed, check the information given by the panel members. I think there is the possibility for manipulation here – register as being undecided and change to Yes (or No) later to create a trend.

    Anyone who does not think the Yes campaign is centrally organised is living in cloud cuckoo land.

    There seems to be no limit to the depths to which the SNP will descend. They could limbo under a carpet.

    I received a message which was sent to me because I am on a mailing list of a charitable
    organisation. The list of cc members was at the top of the email!

  • Latest YouGov poll puts ‘Yes’ ahead
    Well Fiona, there you have your answer!

    Nothing, a page of absolute drivel.

    There are no policies.

    The SNP do not answer questions.

    I notice that the other poll, the one the SNP prefer, has not been mentioned presumably because it still puts NO in the lead.

  • Wrong issue highlighted as ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ indy campaigns use new North Sea projections to validate their positions
    JT, can I take you back to an earlier response of yours in this thread when you said, “The UK had every opportunity to set up an oil fund but squandered oil revenues unlike almost every other responsible country blessed with this bonus of a resource.”

    Where did the oil money go and why was an oil fund not set up?

    The oil money could not be saved as part of an oil fund AND spent on investments in society and the infrastructure despite what the SNP seems to think.

    The oil money made a great difference to the UK, much invested in education – developing new syllabuses, building new schools with new and better facilities and new support staff, all the latest audio visual aids etc. etc.. Up to this point Scottish education was still the same as it had been prewar (This was obvious by the publication dates of text books.)

    Oil money was also poured into new hospitals and the building of the motorway system which probably did more for the country than anything else.

    Was all the money spent wisely? Probably not, but the vast majority was and it was spent UK wide.

    Whose oil was it that made all this investment possible? It was the UK’s oil at the time but by the definition of Scottish oil by the SNP it was clearly English oil.

    Churlish bunch if you ask me. We have had your oil but you are not getting ours! Is this immorality the kind of improved cuddly society that the YES campaign promises?

    It aint going to happen and whatever you bravehearts say there is no evidence of a massive swing to the Yes campaign as far as I can see.

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9 Responses to Every time there is a drought anywhere the …

  1. The good:

    This idea was thrown around during past droughts notably the one of 1976…
    It may be the furthest distance from source, but GB has it’s industrial revolution to thank for it’s incredible canal legacy…get the water to Kendal and the network begins in ernest…

    The Bad:

    Water:Foreign ?

    The Ugly:

    Seabed: Westminster
    Oil: Westminster
    Tidal: Foreign intervention
    Wind: Foreign owned
    Electricity: Foreign owned

    Not much left for after independance is there ?

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  2. You slightly beat me to the point Karl: it would indeed be daft to supply the SE of England with Scottish water but all that is needed is to move Scottish water to the North of England, then move NoE water to the Midlands, then Midlands water to the South. It is still not trivial but it is certainly feasible and how commercially viable depends on how much the SE wants water. (Though, that all said, it is probable that improvements to water capture storage and distribution in the SE would be a more sensible priority – after that is exhausted it is time to look at more radical solutions).

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    • It’s already possible to transfer water from the giant Kielder reservoir near the Scottish border from Northumberland down through Durham to South Yorkshire – a series of tunnels, pipelines and pumping stations connecting formerly separate water networks down the east side of the Pennines to feed a predicted rise in demand – notably the steel industry – that didn’t materialise.

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    • Agreed to a certain point involving domestic usage…however, there is some of the best agricultural land in the UK in the SE/E of England and this may need irrigation.

      Waste: We might all want to look at waste again…as with energy waste and line loss…the UK’s water companies are notorious at loosing millions of cuM of water between source and end use.

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  3. Every time there is a drought anywhere the news channels prop up a reporter at a convenient almost dry reservoir. In the backgrounds are huge areas of sand and silt.

    Why don’t the water companies get a JCB and a couple of lorries and dig all of it out to increase storage capacity?

    Simples? I don’t know – is there a reason why they don’t?

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    • Jim, I think regardless of how much is dug away and removed such and sand/silt there would still be a reduction of water, this would not increase the amount of water stored. So, the size of the resevoir is not the important factor here, it still requires constant water to keep levels above certain levels.

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  4. The issue has nothing to do with a minuscule change in the climate and everything to do with increasing population and increasing water usage.

    When will journalists start checking their facts and stop blaming the climate … it’s like the “wrong kind of leaves”. Climate has always changed … it will always change, but the biggest factor on water supply is the way we use it.

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