Water, water everywhere (3)

Browsing the internet, as one does, I came across a reference to a post by Oliver Heald and knowing that mentions of Heald are few and far between, decided to investigate further. Folowing two earlier posts on the subject of water, it seemed obligatory to follow with a third.

Reporting on a conference arranged by Water Resources South East (WRSE), the purpose of which was to give a briefing on their work towards water resource planning, Heald mentions that WRSE are a group of the six south-eastern water companies plus DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Ofwat, set up in 1996 which jointly look ways of planning for future water demands in the South East whilst ensuring that environmental and consumer concerns are properly taken into consideration too.

Nothing wrong with that I hear you say, but one has to ask to whose agenda are they working, because reading Heald’s article one is led to believe that this “water planning” is a local initiative under national guidance. Were this so, then it does not appear to have been progressing very smoothly – as reported by Richard North, EUReferendum, here, here, here and here.

All policy has a source and in the case of water the European Union has competence, but then again one has to ask who or what is driving European Union policy? And so we end back with our old friends the United Nations. We have UN Water which we are informed is not an organization or an agency but is the United Nations coordination mechanism for all water-related issues and that UN-Water activities and programmes are therefore implemented by its members. Just one week ago the United Nations launched the International Year of Water Cooperation, Neither let us forget the United Nations Environment Programme nor should we forget Agenda 21.

I suppose WRSE are to be complimented on their attempts to provide us with sufficient, clean water – especially as the process seems to involve dealing with so many “foreign bodies”.

Just saying…………

2 Responses

  1. john in cheshire says:

    So, is the upshot of this that water is going to be rationed? Despite us having a surfeit of the stuff both inland and offshore? As a thought, is it currently possible to withdraw from either or local authorities / utility suppliers such that they cannot demand money from a person; ie, can one make one’s own arrangements for water supply and wast disposal on one’s own land and avoid any costs to the usual suspects? I ask because the matter of self-sufficiency has been occupying my thoughts for some time, now.
    I am ponder on :
    Photovoltaic cells for some electricity generation (to export to the grid and get an income – higher than leaving savings in the bank)
    Ground source Heat Pumps – to generate either electricity or hot water (PV cells don’t provide sufficient heat for showering etc as far as I can see).
    Water collection from the roof etc and possible treatment if needed prior to ingestion
    Biodegradation of waste (faecal matter etc) in a domestic unit; eg Klargester; and discharge of treated water to a water course.
    Cart other material to the refuse disposal station
    It seems feasible and not as expensive as I had expected.

    As you say, David, just sayin’…

  2. A K Haart says:

    Water and water pollution issues are areas where subsidiarity ought to apply, especially to an island. The only non-UK impacts for water issues are discharges to the sea.

    Yet the EU Water Framework Directive includes a whole raft of regulations covering such obviously local issues as river basin management.

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