Irish Water Managing Director Jerry Grant (middle) and Brendan Ogle of Right2Water
Further to restrictions by Irish Water amid claims by managing director Jerry Grant that some householders may be leaving taps running in the cold weather.
The country saw a “spike” of 10%-20% of waterd demand during Storm Emma.
Brendan Ogle writes:
The Irish Water propaganda unit are in full flow again. Never an outfit to waste a good crisis, last week;s freeze has been turned into an opportunity to perpetuate the ‘wasteful consumer’ lies through an all-too willing media.
Yes folks the water privatisation quest continues.
I don’t believe a word of it.
The expert commission on water found zero evidence that the Irish wasted water and did in fact confirm Right2Water’s research that households used significantly less than our U.K. neighbours.
What waste was found was, not surprisingly, related to leaks.
Of course there was more water used last week. A ‘spike’, as they call it. That’s because, hmm let me have a think about this…
… EVERYBODY WAS AT HOME!
More food cooked, kettles boiled, showers run, maybe some ‘waster’ had a bath (hang on for a confession), kids out playing in the snow coming in rotten dirty. It’s not complicated.
Then of course we know the system leaks like a colander anyway, so imagine what the freezing weather has done to the leaks?
And yes, algae has arrived early in the Vartry reservoir [Roundwood, County Wicklow] so that is causing issues too.
There was similar weather across the U.K. last week. Not only did it not lead to interminable news coverage of it but guess what, it’s caused problems with their water system too.
Yet nobody is blaming the citizens over there. No privatisation agenda you see, they already did it. With disastrous results for consumers.
So I’m not buying a word of this nonsense about wasters running taps.
But here’s that confession:
‘Bless me Irish Water for I sinned,
It’s been three months since my last bath
But last Sunday I had one
Because I wanted one
I didn’t even need one
I just wanted one
And I loved it
The Radox smelled lovely
For these and all my baths I am very sorry’
Brendan Ogle is a Right2Water Co-Ordinator, Unite’s Political, Education and Community co-ordinator. and blogs every Thursday here.