Water water everywhere but…

When the water companies tell us there’s a ‘hosepipe ban’, does that mean we can’t use a hosepipe to try to pump out the large areas that are being flooded by the current rainstorms?

Ok, I’m being a little cynical.

However, what I’m highlighting is that there are still ‘hosepipe bans’ in effect around the UK.


For those outside the UK, who know that we have an internationally famous wet climate, let me explain: A ‘hosepipe ban’ makes it illegal for us to use a hosepipe connected to the mains water supply. We’d typically connect up a hosepipe to wash a car or water a garden.

Well, of course, nobody in the UK actually wants to water their garden.  Most are far too waterlogged from all the weeks and weeks of relentless rain we’ve had since the ban has been in force.

Is the problem due to a drought?  No, not really.

The problem is that the water companies are not bothering to rebuild their infrastructures.  Most are operating using systems that are well past their use-by dates.  Firstly, they haven’t really increased the sizes of the reservoirs since domestic demand consisted of a barely used single tap in the kitchen a hundred years ago.

These days the domestic water consumer has baths, showers, flushing toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, and consumes far much more (even without a hosepipe) than back in the days when a bath was a once a month event with water shared by all the family.

Have they increased the holding capacity of their reservoirs?  No, not really.

Have they chased other methods of collection beyond those that were chased to fill the reservoirs a hundred years ago?  No, not really.

So, when a reservoir empties faster than it fills, what do they blame?  That’s right, global warming, climate change, the wrong kind of rain, bla bla bla.  Anything or anybody other than themselves, of course.

When ground-water dries up, as water patterns always do, do they look for more?  No, not really.

Secondly, have their renewed the antiquated water delivery system?  No, not really.  Millions of litres are hemorrhaging back into the ground from their underground pipework, ensuring the reservoirs are emptying even faster.

Look, bugger all their stupid and lame excuses that they use as a smokescreen, the real problem is their thirst for profit.

Water companies make an absolute fortune in the UK, despite providing such a sub-standard service.  To reduce the huge amount of money that goes into the trousers of those at the top and the payout for the (usually nothing to do with the UK) shareholders would be unthinkable.  The idea of re-investing into a service that was capable of dealing with the weather and rain patterns we have in the UK is unthinkable for these leeches.

We really need to clean our water of all these leeches.