Tuesday, January 10, 2006

It Never Rains..

The lack of rainfall in what is very much a winter drought should start being a cause for concern. Fly over the big reservoirs in Kent and Surrey and you’ll see them gradually shrinking down to large pond size. On the pavements, the absence of rain is defined by my weaving between the dog messes on the pavement which have now been there for months. It occurs to me that the bigger the dog, the less inclined the owner is to use a purpose designed black plastic bag to collect what it leaves behind each day.

Unless it rains every day between now and the arrival of spring the year ahead is going to be a tough one, with the hose pipe ban in force throughout the summer. Gardens will dry out, roses will die and garden swimming pools will stay empty.

In Thanet, unless someone from Southern Water can tell me otherwise, I predict that we could see standpipes in the streets if the drought continues. Something perhaps for both the local and county councils to think about perhaps and start taking measures to reassure the public one way or the other. Perhaps our different councillors, reading this webpage could cast a little light on the problem?


Anonymous said...

anon again!
a single plant could keep our reservoires topped up, and switched off, or turned down, to run on standby. Or! water could also be diverted to Bewl Water or another reservoire. Don't forget, you can charge for water!

Anonymous said...

And still they go on building more flats, the only flooding we shall see, is in the population, with not enough water to go around for the locals aleady here.

Anonymous said...

Anon again!
Mind you, "milking" the Medway (BBC News tonight) is a good idea too. It could be filtered during its short journey to Bewl.

Anonymous said...

I can only agree with anon. It has been obvious for years that the best way for an island to ensure proper water supply is through desalination. Works very effectively in other parts of the world where water is much more scarce. Seems we always opt for cheap short term solutions...one is reminded, uncomfortably of the parrallels with gas and our current winter predicament.

We are an island. In case one has forgotten that means we are surrounded by water...how in Gods name can we claim to be short of the stuff?

Chris Wells

Cllr David Green said...

I'm sure you noticed Chris that your lot privatised the ultilities 25 years ago and spent the money raised on lower taxes. The privatised companies and their share holders will never look far enough ahead, which in some cases could be beyond the lifespan of some of their shareholders. Would you use scarce resources buying them back, or massive subsidy to persuade them to do the right thing for the country?

Anonymous said...

I am sure you have noticed David that in some countries utilities are provided by the state, in others privately, in others something between the two. Whichever system is in use, the government of the day, yours or mine, remain responsible for longterm planning and ensuring the provision itself is adequate. Both yours and my governments past and present have seriously cocked up on that element of whichever process they prefer.

Have not seen your lot rushing back to public ownership over the last few years. Down here its a Tory administration bringing services back in house to ensure proper supervision and service.

As I have said before, we should be pragmatic about getting the basics right.