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?

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    (This refers to item 8 above and was intended to be posted there!)

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    Cowal, like much of Argyll relies on volunteer fire & rescue teams – the following is NOT a criticism of them in any shape or form.

    I do believe that lives and property are at risk from cutbacks that took place in Strathclyde Fire & Rescue about 10 years ago and by Scottish Water quite recently. The fire teams used to be paid to go round of an evening and check and paint all fire hydrants on a regular basis. The payments stopped and so did the service.

    It occurred to me that I hadn’t seen my street’s only hydrant for some years. It is set in and unmade section of footpath which has become quite overgrown with shrubs. I managed to locate it under 3 or 4 inches of earth and leaf litter and cleared it off so that in the event of a fire it can be easily found. Does it still work? I have no idea but at least the fire team can find it without having to dig it up.

    Further down the lane is a Scour Valve which can also be used as a hydrant. The valve is also in an unmade section of lane. It was replaced by a Scottish Water contractor a couple of years ago and was just reburied under the gravel. Should the fire teams want to use this they will need a pick and shovel to find it first.

    How good is the firefighting infrastructure where you live?

    Is it not about time that the senior management of Scottish Fire & Rescue came down from their ivory tower and ensured that the local infrastructure is regularly maintained? Lives are at stake.

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    Your case is falling apart – the sums do not add up

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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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