Not just Belfast without water

Seems to be a lot of news on the lack of water in the City but very little mention of rural problems.  Personally here in the backwaters outside Coagh in rural Tyrone (near  Cookstown), we have been without running water for over a week.  The problem seemingly being frozen underground pipes outside the property running through the garden. We have managed to get by – filling containers from our neighbours water supply (they had their own problems with frozen pipes in the loft).  We finally got running water again this afternoon … for about 2 hours …..and now the whole village is without water…… Currently surviving on 17p 2L bottles of water from Asda , as the nearest place to obtain water supplies, according to the news and NIW website, is Ballymena!

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  • alan56

    Parts of South Fermanagh are suffering too….

  • joeCanuck

    17p for a bottle of water. Lucky you’re not at Moscow Airport; they lost all electrical supplies, hence water, and the shops and restaurants were trying to charge 16US$ for a bottle of water earlier today. Some fisticuffs have ensued.

  • thethoughtfulone

    Well sure that’s just fairly typical. In this age of “giving the public a voice”, increasingly the seriousness of a problem seems to be judged by the hullaballoo surrounding it. Given then that country people will generally just put their heads down and get on with things and cope while towns folk get all worked up at anything that disrupts their daily routine, it’s not surprising that coverage of any problem tends to center on our urban areas.

  • Minister was prepared for severe weather, according to Wileleaks

  • Munsterview

    Without mains water supply here for most of Xmas. Just got two twenty liter drums and got on with things. I am not noted for excusing government services but no body could have foreseen this temp drop to the extend that it did.

    The ground froze 30cm deep, most mains into houses are just under 10 to 15 cms of concrete. Obviously both water installation in new houses and provision for water in case of severe freezing must be provided for from here on in.

    One Council official on RTE this afternoon said that they had a report in his area of……” water flowing out the window “…….. of a premises where the owner is away. I would not like to be the one opening the door on that !

  • The Raven

    To have heard some of them on the other pages, you’d have thought four horsemen had been seen on Malone Road. Someone even used the word “cholera.”

  • Munsterview

    Just to put things into perspective, here is a sobering piece from Irish Central.

    Friday, December 31, 2010, 2:54 AM
    Ireland may be recovering from one of the coldest winters in centuries but the cold snap which gripped the country over the past six weeks was mild in comparison to the Great Irish Frost of 1740 that killed almost one fifth of the population.

  • Vandals at work

    Vandals have opened valves on bowsers in Coalisland and emptied out nearly 19,000 litres (5,000 gallons) of water.

    About 2,000 homes in the area are still without a running water supply. BBC

  • Re the Great Frost.

    Up here it was possible to walk from Tyrone to Antrim across Lough Neagh such was the depth of the ice.

  • Nevin: Yes. Francie “Claudy” Molloy’s facile condemnation of the wanton destruction of water supplies in Coalisland by Republican sympathisers and the impotence of Conor South Armagh Grid Murphy in the face of this debacle gives food for thought on today of all days.
    For it was on this day in 1957 that Sean Super Dollar Garland led a lorry load of volunteers/sectarians/gobshites in their efforts to cause wanton damage to the barracks at Brookborough. This was part of the IRA’s Operation Harvest Border campaign, whose biggest economic “success” was the accidental and wanton destruction by Fr Piaras O’Duill’s IRA squad of a major electricity grid. Republicans have form in causing wanton damage.
    The IRA’s economic contribution and therefore that of Sinn Fein’s has always and exclusively been destruction and overtime for grave diggers, official or unofficial.
    That being so, their pronouncements on the current water problems have to be taken, like tequila, with a pinch of salt. The Provos could switch to tequila from poitin and Scotch whiskey/whisky until their water supplies are restored. Other than that,whatever they want to say, they should say nothing.
    One can look at the floods in Australia to see what a real problem is. The Aussie government, unlike the Brits, have the advantage that they don’t have to work with mindless Provos when trying to fix their watery problems.
    Finally, on the day that is in it, we can see that Garland at least acknowledges he was an IRA hitman even if, like Gerry Adams, Francie Molloy, Prionsias de Rossa and so many others, he still pleads innocence on other matters.

    Though it is as traditional now as it was in 1957 to wish for a happy new year on this day, it would be far happier if republicans stopped committing wanton acts of destruction and if they took their noses out of Stormont troughs and technical issues like the supply of water that they should leave to their betters.

  • Munsterview

    John O, RS & Co.

    Will need some more text blocks before running this through computer analysis. However on prima faci evidence it seems new pen, but same old s***.! ( Or perhaps off the booze for the new year ? )

    As I requested to note in a previous post please keep in mind the middle ground that are listening and responding. It is from there and with there a new consensus will be build internally in the Six Counties, between both parts of this Island and with accross the water.

    The more communication there is with this block, the more of the foregoing we can expect in efforts to get people to live in a divided past rather than a coperating present and a unified future. Just bear in mind the forces behind those promoting division and rancor and stay foccused without response.

    Incidently anyone remember the ‘Silent Valley’ explosion and who was behind that, as well as the wanton murder of an innocent Catholic barman, the two acts in the mid-sixties that signposted the cascade of Loyalist / Brit Intel violence of the Counter Insurgency Operations of the Low Intensity War / Conflict.

    This book review by Roy Johnston is also a good shorthand account of the start of the conflict while the the second is a good outline of Loyalist Forces and objectives.

    On 27 May 1966, a group of Shankill Road loyalists went out to find and kill Leo Martin, a well-known Republican in the Belfast Brigade of the IRA. Driving through Clonard they failed to find him and set instead upon a young drunken laborer who was singing Republican songs. John Patrick Scullion was shot (stabbed?) and left for dead, dying on 11 June, first victim claimed by a new UVF. They claimed the incident before he died in an anonymous call to the Belfast Telegraph, with the words by Adjutant 1 Belfast Batt.: “From this day we declare war against the IRA and its splinter groups. Known IRA men will be executed mercilessly and without hesitation.” Then on 26 June 1966 four young Catholic men were shot leaving the Malvern Arms in Malvern Street on the Shankill. One (Peter Ward) died, two were seriously wounded.

    As they say in Munster different faces, same old capers !

  • Mark

    The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on . It is never of any use to oneself .

    Oscar Wilde .