Oh, the humanity.


Irish Water urges public to report those disobeying hosepipe ban (Olivia Kelly, Irish Times)

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  1. Anomanomanom

    Hey, I can’t be seen driving my BMW with a little dirt on it. And il be damned if I clean it my self in a responsible water conserving manner.

    1. Ina.

      If a person drives a BMW they’re inevitably a gobpoo. It’s the tackiest brand ever.

      1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

        I find BMW probably have the best all round driving experience in terms of performance, handling and comfort.

        I had Saab93 that was a dream on motorways but it had a turning circle like a cruise liner.

        Audi are good, but front wheel drive affects balance and cornering.

        Alfa are a joy to drive, but they eat tyres.

        1. GiggidyGoo

          Aye until the alternator decides to die and two hours afterwards the whole yoke dies. Dangerous. Power steering goes, brakes likewise, and if you’re unlucky enough to be on the m50 at 5.55 pm the nearest bmw service won’t help offering to book you in for 3 days hence.

        2. Curmudgeon

          And you’ve driven all of these? Besides nothing eats rear tyres like my 1.9 tonne 635D

          1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

            Mate has 530d, he also has a heavy foot, he’s spent nearly as much on tyres as he did buying the car

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        I’m beginning to entertain the suspicion that Anne may not be a lady. ;-/

        1. mildred st meadowlark

          Is that not really her in the pic though? She swore to me it was…..

  2. ReproBertie

    Would it not be more pertinent to ask why Topaz are allowed run their car wash while the rest of us are denied use of a hose?

    1. SOQ

      Yes it is the garage which is primarily responsible for this sort of thing because they pay the water bill. The solution is simple, switch the damned car washes off.

      1. bennny

        Maybe any clean cars should be ticketed with a fine when parked
        Then they can explain themselves in a court or cough up
        Its utter selfishness
        Apparently a pal was walking past the dail and saw gleaming motors parked inside

    2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      Topaz is a commercial metered property and pays per usage. They might even have a water butt.

      so many unanswered questions, so much to howl about

        1. SOQ

          He’s trying to get under people’s skins because he doesn’t like da gays getting so much attention.

          Aren’t you clever? In your own special way I suppose you are.


    3. Cian

      …simply because the hosepipe ban doesn’t cover car washes.
      They aren’t breaking the law.

      However, if someone chooses to get their car washed – they are just being selfish and mean

      1. anne

        My car has all these dead flies stuck to it… squoshed, blood n guts n all.

        I think a car wash is the best option, unless you like dealing with squashed flies like.

        1. Nigel

          Pretend they’re the corpses of your enemies as you ride eternal on the Fury Road.

        2. SOQ

          How about a bucket of water and some fairy liquid?

          1. Wet sponge then squeeze fairy.
          2. Wait 60 seconds then use bucket to rinse.

          Fairy Liquid is great for washing cars btw; leaves a great shine and never fades reds. Anyways, internal gay joke time..

          What goes screech brake screech brake screech brake?

          A twink learning to drive. I thank you.

          1. PlumBobSmearPants

            Washing up liquid is probably the worst thing to wash your car with. As a detergent, there’s bleach and ammonia in it and will strip the wax coating from your paintwork and over time fade the paintwork and in some cases cause it to crack. So no. Don’t use washing up liquid if you care about your cars paintwork.

          2. SOQ

            Ok so pull up to any old car wash then demand to see the bleach and ammonia contents instead? Good luck with that one. If it can wash dishes with it then it is good for me.

          3. PlumBobSmearPants

            Your car is coated in water based paint and generally a waxy protective layer. Your dishes are not. I am genuinely trying to be helpful to you here. And for what it’s worth I don’t go anywhere near a car wash and would not let anyone else wash my car. I find washing my car quite therapeutic and the process compatible with my OCD.

    4. Holden MaGroin

      Eh, it’s Circle K now. Jaypers they spent enough money on the rebranding Bertie. Get with the program man.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Dublin airport is drownded in massive photos of cult-like looking Circle K employees.

  3. Not On Your Nelly

    BUSINESSES ARE EXEMPT. I despair. Somebody find a link, with information. I’m hot and sleepy.

    1. TheQ47

      Order mainly limited to domestic users with the exception of gardens in commercial premises.

      Irish Water is mindful of the impact that a Water Conservation Order might have on businesses and the tourist industry and for that reason the prohibition is mainly limited to domestic users with the exception of gardens.

      In the last two days the utility has also been in touch with large commercial users who have committed to conserve water and we are very grateful to them for their efforts. Businesses will also be subject to the hosepipe ban for the purpose of watering gardens but we are also appealing to them to limit all non-essential water use and to avoid using hosepipes or power washers where possible, particularly if it is for cosmetic reasons.”

      1. SOQ

        Irish Water are grateful to commercial users which is nice. The problem is that for the most part, Irish Water do not bill commercial users; the councils do?

        1. Cian

          Are you sure?
          In January 2014 Irish Water assumed responsibility for public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We manage all aspects of business water accounts including billing for water services.

          Or do office-based business (water for toilets and washing) pay rates, but factory/farming-based business (water is key to the process) pay by usage?

    2. Rob_G

      In fairness, if your business was an actual carwash (as in, if this was the only service you provided), it would not be feasible to shut down operations completely for several weeks, you would go under. More reasonable to ask households not to water their lawns of fill up paddling pools than to expect businesses to give up their livelihoods.

    3. bennny

      Businesses pay for water by rates
      But some businesses like car washes and car hire no
      Its common sense

  4. Blonto

    Burst pipes are also exempt. If the pipes leak with reduced pressure, imagine the carnage when it is ramped up again.

  5. Liam

    I assume golf courses are still watering their greens too – how much of a difference is the domestic hosepipe ban going to make? Still I suppose it gives people a high-horse to clamber onto which is something.

  6. Termagant

    Remember tovarisch, it is your duty and obligation to report the sinful decadence of hosepipe usage to the rightful government agency, only when all participate in the regulation of deviant behaviours can the state enjoy safety and security. Vigilance is strength! Glory to Irish Water!

    1. Nigel

      No comrade it is better for your health if the things you see remain unreported lest you earn a reputation of being unwilling to keep a zipped lip. Here: extra bottle of vodka for easing of conscience. Who needs water, e.g.?

  7. Cian Duffy

    Most new build car washes use filtered rainwater from the shop structure roof (the forecourt is too contaminated) and have done for ages. Question is whether that rain water has run out yet.

      1. Cian

        Seems Applegreen use rainwater to flush the jacks in some new builds also

        I’m still able to water my veg/herbs (well, realistically everyone else can too, but without feeling like a smug git about it) because I have about 300l of 360l left in the water butt. Looked in to using it for the toilet when I put it in but the diversion setup to allow it to use mains when the tank was dry was too fiddly so I gave up.

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          I have two full water butts out of the three I have had for many years. I find that, even taking atmospheric pollution into account, plants prefer captured rainwater rather than chlorinated tap water.

  8. Reidman

    Yawn – it’s not illegal. I wish people were more animated about fixing the infrastructure, 50% of it is lost to leaks and it is generally goosed but we don’t want to pay for it. Why don’t we go after anyone who had a tea or coffee today too, shut down ice machines in pubs, etc. More unhelpful predictable outrage with photos of people doing perfectly legal activities. We’re going to have to pay for water one way or another, the problem has not gone away you know. I’m off to tie myself to the car wash to protest now (after I get my beemer done).

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