Irish protest over water taxes

On December 13, 2014, in Government, by Erik

The public has been raging over water charges with between 30,000 and 100,000 people protesting in Dublin. Police lines were hit with rocks and plastic bottles, and even a missile which sent one Garda officer to the hospital. However, most protesters were peaceful. Government ministers repeated the message that the water taxes are here to […]

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Ohio Government Finally Takes Steps to Salvage Lake Erie

On December 9, 2014, in Government, by Erik

After a harmful algae bloom affected the drinking water of 400,000 citizens this past summer, legislators in the state of Ohio are now taking steps to clean and keep Lake Erie free from toxins. The first step in this initial plan is to ban farmers from spreading manure on top of frozen fields in order […]


Is a Can of Soda Comparable to Cigarettes?

On December 8, 2014, in Commentary, Government, by Erik

There is a movement to put warning labels on cans of soda to make consumers aware of the health risk, much like cigarettes. With rising levels of obesity and diabetes, it might not be a bad idea.


Irish Citizens Still Not Happy, Irish Water to Erase PPS Numbers

On December 5, 2014, in Government, by Erik

It seems that the Irish government’s reform on their water charges still hasn’t pacified angry Irish citizens. While Irish Water promises to delete all PPS records by the end of January, a mass protest against the current water charges is still planned for December 10th. For more details on this story, click here:: Irish Water […]


The Constant Water Toil for Kenyan Women

On December 3, 2014, in Government, by Erik

In Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, the female residents struggle to obtain clean water for their families. With the majority of homes without piped water and most of the nearby water being fetid, women wait in line for hours to spend the majority of their household income on fresh water. For more details on […]

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South East Revisits Canal Plan to Solve Water Shortage

On December 2, 2014, in Government, by Erik

Engineers in the South East are reviving a 70-year-old plan to solve its water shortage. The idea is to build a 370-mile canal from the North to the area to make it flush with water, with the northern rains consistently replenishing the water supply. While the project would cost around 14 billion pounds, the canal […]


Water Meter Cost Actually More Expensive Than Projected

On November 28, 2014, in Government, by Erik

The projected national cost of the water metering programme was off by 107 million euros. The reason for the increase was due to ongoing survey work that hadn’t been completed between May and July earlier this year. For more on this story, please click here:: Cost of water meters underestimated by 107 million euros


Scottish Water Chief Executive Reveals 6 Year Plan

On November 27, 2014, in Government, by Erik

The chief executive of Scottish Water, Douglas Millican, revealed his plans for Scotland’s water. The six-year plan involves a 500 million pound investment per financial year in current prices while focusing on customer service. For more details on this story and the plan, click here:: For Millican management is all about forward planning

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Build a Barrier, Keep Water Safe

On November 25, 2014, in Commentary, Government, by Erik

Clean water is a necessary commodity that can come from a great cost. However, using barrier technologies around streams, lakes, and other freshwater areas can help prevent contaminants from enter the water in the first place leading to cheaper, easier treatment.


Did the Water Charge Change Save Irish Government Face?

On November 24, 2014, in Commentary, Government, by Erik

The people have spoken and the Irish government has answered. The fees for water have been changed to a lower rate, however the penalties are quite strict. Does this change the Ireland’s perception of its government for the better?

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