Woes with water

NOW that summer has arrived with a vengeance, most residents in the metro area would invariably experience a slight drop in water pressure during peak periods with little inconvenience.

Where we live, however, it is a matter of having to cope with a single drop running down the shower tiles on a summer evening.

Despite constant assertion that the water pressure in our area is of the acceptable minimal standard, barely a trickle comes through our pipes during the summer months.

And that is the good news.

In the 13 years we have lived here on scheme water, on some of the hottest days of the year when we have been without any water at all, we have had to depend for drinking, washing hands and flushing toilets on the little 750ml bottles delivered to our street in a truck by the Water Corporation.

This is not a desolate, ghost town in which the residents in one house are unable to shower or fill their sink because someone down the street is watering their garden.

I am talking about the shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, 20 minutes up the road.

Over the past few years, residents’ raised voices have been largely ignored. We all received letters written by some apologetic chap in the Corporation assuring us we would never be without water again. He was wrong on several counts.

There have been promises of new pipes, engineering and safeguards but nothing has changed.

Blame has been placed on archaic pipes; Telstra, valves that do not ‘talk’ to the computers, electric wires, retired overseers, everyone wanting to water their garden or have a shower all at once (please), a water truck taking the water from a hydrant and the expansion of the estate.

Someone within the Corporation even had the gall to deny we had a problem at all.

If the Corporation shows indifference to our concerns, does the health department have any jurisdiction when the amount of fresh water being pumped into houses is not sufficient to flush toilets at certain times during the day?

Moreover, do the fire and emergency services have any authority to ensure there is sufficient pressure in instances of bushfires?

Why would the Water Corporation think that residents in Jarrahdale should be all right with that standard of service?

Tracy Nicolao, Jarrahdale