Unless I fell asleep and missed it – not impossible right now with my drug load – I don’t recall any dire warnings of hose-pipe bans during the heat-wave. In fact, on this web page, the water companies lay out their plans for any possible bans this year – there aren’t any. Given how keen they’ve been in the past to impose bans, I find the claim that this weather would have to last into next year before they’d even consider a ban a tad over-optimistic, not to mention absurd – just how the hell is this weather supposed to last through the winter? I have, in the past seen reservoirs reduced to expanses of cracked mud after maybe 6 weeks without rain – we’re heading there.
Could this be anything to do with this corrupt government’s wooing of the egregious fracking industry, not wanting to give these water-guzzling bastards the idea that the UK is chronically short of water and the fact that we have plenty right now is due solely to an unusually long wet period only recently ended?
And fracking not only consumes vast amounts of otherwise potable water, it also contaminates the groundwater that we might be using – just ask America.
Now consider this past year or two, with massive droughts in Australia and the US. Think what might happen on this relatively tiny island, chronically short of water every time the sun shines, in many areas, and along come these fracking tossers, to lay waste to what water we do have either by pumping it into the ground in the form of slurry, or by the slurry contaminating potentially useable groundwater – or both. Right now, all water companies are agreed we have ample supplies – for normal use. Add in fracking and an Oz-style drought – not impossible in these unpredictable times and we would be seriously screwed.
Screwed because you can bank on it that a government that would give such a massive tax break – down from 62% to 30% – will not build into any licence the conditions that protect the needs of the populace, for water. It is, ffs, essential for life and life, even for the dishonest arsewipes running this country, must surely come before profits. Don’t hold your breath, though, as the reality is likely to be rolling domestic water outages so the fracking fuckers can continue to trash our island’s bedrock while we go thirsty, wearing last week’s unwashed clothes. Or worse – what industry we have left will devastated by having to shut down through lack of water.
Just wait and see…