Post by Nick Leverton Post by krw Post by steveski Post by krw Post by LFS Post by steveski
Not 'canal', then? Oh, the smell of it.
Which reminds me: have umrats noticed that the Canals and River Trust
advertising on ITV a lot at the moment? It's a strange little ad with a
robot floating through space. Their web site invites donations and says
that 100% of these will be used "to make life better by water" but it
looks to me as if quite a large chunk is being spent on expensive TV ads.
It would be even better spent on dams. British Waterways never seemed
to have these problems.
Maintaining infrastructure doesn't pay shareholders as much as can be
wrung out until everything becomes unservicable.
Hmm . . . I wonder if there's another way . . .
British Waterways was state owned.
Canal and River Trust is a charity. Everyone said the ending of the
state ownership would lead to a disaster.
Erm, but, have I missed something ? Dams and reservoirs belong (or
belonged) to the water utility companies, not the transport outfit once
known as British Waterways ? I believe United Utilities, although now
a private firm, owns most of the mid-Welsh dams once built by various
municipalities, for instance.
What's been puzzling me about this dam situation is all these dam pumps.
Surely the purpose of a reservoir - there's even a hint in the word - is
to store (in this case) water. And there's no point in storing something
if you can't get at it. And this particular reservoir _does_ have
outlets: they give them fancy names like "sluices", "spillways", and so
on. We've had plenty of shots of them in high spate (or, more likely
with lazy news these days, the same few shots repeated many times).
So why do they need all these extra pumps to get the water out?
I'm sure there is an answer; they wouldn't be using all these pumps if
it wasn't necessary. But what bugs me is that the _question_ seems so
obvious, but I've not seen or heard anyone asking it.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
In my life I have written about six poems ... The rest of it is comedy that
happens to rhyme. - Pam Ayres, interviwed in RT 2018/3/17-23