Million-gallon leak found

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook WhatsApp Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live A LEAK which has seen millions of gallons of water going down the drain over a period of seven years has provided the answer to why Shannon man, Pat Madden’s new water meter was telling him he had used 1.6 million litres in less than two months.The water meter installed in his home home clocked his water usage as being equal to flushing the loo 1,069 times a day or taking a bath 26 times a day.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But on Wednesday, a crew from Irish Water dug until they found the cause of the problem – a badly leaking pipe in a corner of the gardenTaxi driver Pat Madden was astonished to discover that his meter showed he had used more than 1.5 million litres of water in the 79 days after it was installed – the equivalent, given the amount of water contained in a standard cistern, of flushing the toilet every 79 seconds.Mr Madden said that 19 days after the meter was installed, he checked the reading . “I was shocked – according to the meter, I had used 372,000 gallons of water. It was ticking so fast it sounded like a bomb”.Pat, who lives alone, took a test reading at 11am on November 26 and another one at 5pm that day.“It recorded that I had used 5,000 liters of water in that space of time – which was extraordinary, considering I wasn’t even at home.”After turning off the water going into the meter to see if it was working and establishing that it was, Mr Madden sealed off the water coming into his house. “But the thing kept registering water going through.“I never wanted this meter installed in the first place. I don’t mind paying for clean water but you can’t even drink the stuff coming out of the taps in Shannon – it smells like Parazone. I filter it twice before I use it for tea or cooking and I drink bottled water”.Withe the leak located and promptly repaired, Mr Madden said that “to be fair, if the water meter had not been installed I would still know nothing about a serious leak. I would advise people to check their use regularly after they have meters installed and question it if it’s excessive”. Email TAGSfeaturedIrish WaterlimerickShannon Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleBen Portsmouth is the Ultimate King of rock’n’rollNext articleNew album from Cathy Davey early 2015 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsBreaking newsMillion-gallon leak foundBy Bernie English – January 28, 2015 995 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedinlast_img

Training leaders for malaria fight

first_imgDiscussing efforts to eradicate malaria globally, Ryan Williams of the World Health Organization (WHO) said: “Once you get started, you better not stop, or it will be worse than before.”Success would put malaria in a very exclusive club of human diseases. Only smallpox has been eliminated, though efforts are under way to rid the world of polio and guinea worm disease.A failed effort at eradication 50 years ago resulted in greater resistance to antimalarial drugs by the malaria parasite and increased resistance to pesticides by the mosquitoes that carry it, said Williams, who was among more than 60 mid-career officials who attended a 12-day leadership development course at Harvard Business School (HBS) focused on the eradication of malaria.The course, to run through June 11, is sponsored by Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Participants represent a wide array of organizations, including national ministries of health, hospitals, universities, and international organizations such as WHO and the United Nations.Malaria killed 655,000 in 2010, mainly children in Africa. Worldwide, there were some 216 million cases thought to have a major impact on economies and education systems. Harvard School of Public Health Assistant Professor of International Health Economics Günther Fink told participants in the course that the average adult in countries where malaria is common loses some 20 days of work a year due to the disease. The anemia that’s commonly associated with the ailment lingers after they return to their jobs, causing a 10 percent loss in productivity.Program organizer Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Disease at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, said the course grew out of a 2011 conference that brought interested parties together to examine progress toward malaria eradication and assess what it would take for the effort to be successful.Wirth said universities such as Harvard can aid international efforts by providing scientific expertise on topics such as the complex biology of the disease, which involves not just a parasite, but also mosquitoes and humans. Harvard can also help by offering guidance in areas where members of other faculties specialize, such as business and government policy. It can also train those in the field, through courses like the one at HBS.Part of the failure in the last eradication effort, said Wirth, was that when resistance to drugs developed, there was no research effort from which to draw new tools for those in the field. This time around, she said, it’s important that universities stay engaged for the decades it may take for the effort to succeed.“This time around, we’re really trying to say that the academic community will stay engaged,” Wirth said. “We need research. We need to monitor. … We have a responsibility to train the next generation and the next generation after that.”Participants in the course heard talks and participated in discussions on a variety of topics, including the history of eradication efforts, the science of malaria, the economics behind the disease, case studies from Zanzibar, Mesoamerica, and the Pacific Islands, supply chain issues, the role of the private sector, environmental issues, vaccines, and treatment drugs.Wirth said the course was designed to bring an array of perspectives to participants, beyond the usual disciplines — public health and medicine. On Wednesday, Michael Chu, senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School, talked about the potential of the private sector in delivering public health around the world. He argued that traditional, government-sponsored public health systems may have accomplished all they can.Chu offered examples from Mexico and India, where private companies offer relatively high quality health services at low cost.The first: Farmacias Similares, a low-cost chain of pharmacies with thousands of outlets across Mexico. The chain is very successful, Chu said, despite government health care that offers free clinics and medicine to the poor. Key reasons, according to Chu: People typically have to wait five to six hours to see a doctor at the clinics, and government pharmacies are out of stock 85 percent of the time.Farmacias Similares has spearheaded the push of generic medicines into Mexico, allowing it to undercut other private pharmacy prices by about 30 percent. Farmacias Similares also has affiliated clinics, at a cost of $2 a visit, where wait times average about 15 minutes. Together they provide an efficient alternative that draws 12 million pharmacy visits monthly and 3.5 million clinic visits. Together, even before the health benefits of treatment are considered, the two practices save the poor roughly $400 million in the cost of medicines and another $400 million in the cost of lost time, Chu said.Aravind read more