David Attenborough Easter Island Rap

January 21, 2010 1 comment

Genius!!

Shyness

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

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Awwwww!!

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment
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Music Monday!!!

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment


Mumford & Sons – The Cave

From the new trailer for BBC Drama.

Your age versus how easy it is to amuse you…

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

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Applying for a job at Ikea…

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

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Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink..

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

As it has been snowing or raining since the start of 2010 it’s ironic that Dublin is now suffering from a water shortage. Many homes in Dublin this evening especially in Finglas and the north-east of Dublin are facing their sixth day without water. Severe water curtailments have left many other areas with very low pressure.

The lack of water is being blamed on the severe cold snap of the last two weeks, during which Dublin City Council seeing a 25% increase in the demand for water. Last week when the city was in the midst of one of the coldest spells in decades and DCC were urging people to stop running taps to prevent pipes for freezing, which is thought to have contributed to the decrease in water levels.

This doesn’t seem to be the main factor behind Dublin’s water crisis, as DCC water supplies suffered several major leaks due to burst pipes caused by the big freeze. Although some of the burst pipes have now been repaired there are still undetected leaks which involve running the water to find. The service is also still reduced as treatment plants which are being ran to full capacity aren’t capable of processing enough water to reduce the deficit.

There also seems to be a huge lack of information about the water problems. Many of the councils were initially slow to respond and provide the public with information about the reductions. Even now six days on the facts are still hard to come by. DCC is struggling to deal with the high influx of calls and their site isn’t much help either. Their website stops updating at six o’clock. I had to contact a few people I know in the affected areas to let them know where their nearest water tanker was as they hadn’t been informed or hadn’t been able to contact DCC.

People are still in the dark with regards to when any sort of service will be resumed. There’s talk that normal service wont be resumed for three or four months. If this speculation is true it will enevitably cause chaos and animosity among the communities affected. It will also have a terrible impact on businesses and schools.

I heard of a school in South Dublin that had reopened on Monday after the unexpected thaw, which on it’s reopening had been left with no water. The school had been warned by the council not run taps or use the toilets and under the circumstances the school was forced to close. If the water shortage is set to continue for up to three months many other schools and businesses will be forced to close their doors.

In their response to the water shortage, DCC have announced plans to bring in water charges with in two years, claiming that instances like this shows how we need charges to cut down on the waste of water. Even though the main cause of this disruption is due to the council’s leaky pipes and a poorly maintained water infrastructure.

In 2006 it was estimated that 28% of Dublin’s water was lost by leaks, leading to 150 litres of water being wasted everyday (source from rte.ie). Since then about €120 million has been invested in improving pipe work but as the current situation shows the service is still not fit for purpose.

It seems water charges are just a friendly face of a new tax which the government can brand as helping the environment and charge VAT on top of. If water charges were to be introduced would the service be ran by the DCC or perhaps sold off to a private company (like the waste and recycling service)? If it is sold off to a private company will they be charged with the up keep of the infrastructure or would that remain with DCC? Surely if DCC is struggling to maintain it a company out to make a profit would struggle even more.

Don’t get me wrong I think we should take more care with such a precious and vital resource but I don’t think charges is the way to go about. I do think they should set a reasonable water limit per household per month, maybe based on the number of people, and if that limit is exceded a charge could occur. I think water is an essential resource and it is wrong to go about trying to profit from it.