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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    Perhaps Newsie could answer these questions.

    If it works in Rothesay then I see no reason why it could not work in Oban where the demand will be higher and I would question why such a development is not being pursued at Dunoon.

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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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