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Could water companies fall any further in the public’s esteem? They may well be about to.

Not content with pumping raw sewage into rivers, imposing seemingly year-round hosepipe bans and failing to build a single reservoir in over three decades, the industry is now planning nose-bleed increases to bills in the middle of a cost of living crisis.

Ben Wright is blaming the water companies for not having built any reservoirs. Rather than the Lib Dems and Nimbys….

16 thoughts on “Oh dear”

  1. Are they pumping waste into rivers? From my observations they’re *releasing* waste into rivers. It flows under its own steam, it’s not pressured. It’s released because the pumps are are insufficient to pump it elsewhere at the speed it arrives, and/or the elsewhere is full.

    It’s the same with “pumping” CO2 into the atmosphere. I’m fairly certain *nobody* “pumps” CO2 into the sky, it’s released at the speed it is released from the combustion process. If you *pumped* it, you would draw it from the combustion process so fast you’d draw the oxygen as well and extinguish the combustion.

  2. Building new reservoirs was not permitted under EU water management guidelines – the focus was on ‘demand management’, otherwise known as mandating toilets with minuscule cisterns….

  3. @Davidsb
    otherwise known as mandating toilets with minuscule cisterns….

    Ah yes. The ones you have to flush 3 times to make anything go away. I’ve often wondered why anyone would mandate them in the hope of saving water.

  4. “Building new reservoirs was not permitted under EU water management guidelines”

    Come, come. If it’s a matter of permission we are not discussing guidelines but instructions and prohibitions.

  5. I’ve often wondered why anyone would mandate them in the hope of saving water.

    EU bureaucrats don’t shit (which is why they are full of it) so they are unaware of the problem of disposing of the result of a satisfying Morning George without adequate flushing water.

  6. Ah yes. The ones you have to flush 3 times to make anything go away. I’ve often wondered why anyone would mandate them in the hope of saving water.

    Those would be the same cretins that limited the power of kettles in the hope of saving energy.

  7. Quite, Davidsb. And the Environment Agency helps to enforce those rules.

    Thames Water has been trying to build a reservoir in Hertfordshire since 1994; the EA keeps blocking it with the excuse that “no more reservoirs are needed.”

    So, one arm of our useless, spineless, clueless government berates the water companies for not building reservoirs, whilst another arm of it prevents those reservoirs from being built.

    Scum, all of them.

    DK

  8. The UK has become, it would seem, a nation that only ever fixes the roof after it has collapsed and when the rain is absolutely lashing down.

    Call me a cynic, but there’s plenty of evidence the UK has been thus since… well… at least the past century.
    Not the only one, but famously so….

  9. Three flushes? Christ, you must have small turds. Takes me a flush and a bucket of water after about 10 ordinary flushes. The Grogans seem to have become a lot bigger in my failing years …

  10. It’s hardly surprising that a system designed to provide clean water and process the shit of around 60m people is now severely overloaded following the government generated population surge of the last 30 years.

  11. John – I’m sure we’ll end up with a public water infrastructure that matches our new demographics.

    Private septic tanks are white supremacy.

  12. A story:
    Two of the fabled alligators meet in the sewers under New York. One is a thin scrawny beast but the other is large & fat. The smaller asks the larger. “Tell me. We hatched from the same nest. Why are you so much bigger than me? Where do you feed?”
    “Ah, politicians” says the larger. “I lurk down near City Hall. There are hundreds of them. Sometimes I catch 30 a day. I rush out & grab one, giving him a good shaking & gobble down dinner.”
    “I see” says the smaller croc. “But why do you shake them?”
    “Oh you have to” Replies the larger. “The only parts worth bothering with on a politician are the shoes & the briefcase.”

  13. Witchie

    I have one of those high-up cisterns , it is like Niagra, I have to wear a sou’wester when I go to the bog.

    An alternative is to buy a really long shower house and on of those air-powered heads.

  14. It’s the same with “pumping” CO2 into the atmosphere. I’m fairly certain *nobody* “pumps” CO2 into the sky, it’s released at the speed it is released from the combustion process.

    Actually everyone pumps CO2 into the atmosphere.
    Breathing out is an active process, the diaphragm contracts, forcing air out.
    ICE engines (mostly) have pistons. After combustion is complete, the piston drives back up, pushing the exhaust gases out. Sure, they would leave anyway due to higher pressure, but not quick enough to evacuate the cylinder for the next charge. So it’s pumped out, usually by another cylinder that is firing down (at least in any ICE with 4 or more cylinders, 3 or less and you’re relying on a flywheel to do the effort).
    Turbines as well actively draw air into and push out of the system after combustion, otherwise the whole process stops.

  15. If we’re being pendants, while the compressor sucks air in, the CO₂ enriched air leaves under its own pressure; the turbine extracts energy from it. Yes, it drives the compressor, but it’s not actually pumping…

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