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

Poet performs reading at College

first_imgAs part of the Visiting Writers Series, Melissa Range read from her collection of poems titled “Scriptorium” at Saint Mary’s on Thursday.Range said she started writing when she was a young child as a way to help her make sense of the world around her and herself. Range said she was a fiction writer when she went to college, but soon discovered that her favorite part about writing was not so much the plot as it was writing imagery.“I think it happens that way for a lot of writers,” she said. “You start in one genre and then you end up in another.”Range said she was drawn to poetry because of the experience of working with language in the poetry form.“I like the possibilities for linguistic play that are expected in poetry,” she said. “You can play around with sound and rhythm and imagery.”Although she does not limit herself to more “traditional” styles of poetry, Range said she does tend to write in structured forms of poems as a way to challenge herself and bring out new ideas.“That sparks different ideas for me,” she said. “Especially when I’m having to rhyme something or repeat something, it forces me to think about new relationships between words, and when I’m thinking about new relationships between words, I’m led to new ideas. Working in poetic form causes me to write a different poem than I set out to write, and I like that because it means I had a new idea while I was writing. Rather than just writing what I already think, I write and discover something.”Another reason Range is drawn to poetry, she said, is poetry is a compact way of writing.“Poetry is the most concentrated kind of expression of language,” Range said. “It allows you to really have to come up with the most concise way to express something. … You end up speaking through metaphor, and that creates interesting new relationship between things.”Range, whose poetry deals with themes such as religion, violence, social justice, environmentalism and history, said she does a lot of research for her poems.“I had to do research … before I could figure out what I wanted to say,” she said. “My process involves a lot of gathering before I figure out where I’m going with that. What I’m looking for is some interesting little nugget of something that’s interesting that I want to explore.”Sound is also a big factor for her poetry, Range said.“My poetry, even when I’m not rhyming, there’s to be a lot of sound play, so I think of sound before I think of image,” she said.Range said literature is important as a way to connect with other people, especially in the political climate in America.“In a world where, increasingly, it seems like people are taking one extreme side or another and no one wants to talk and listen to each other, literature provides a different kind of space where a lot of different ideas can mingle together and we’re not asked to come down on one side or another,” she said. “We’re asked to understand other people. … Literature can teach us how to do that because we’re trying to empathize with people when we read about them.”Referencing poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, Range said literature and poetry are whispers while the rest of the world is making noise.“Poetry gives us something else, and I think that’s good for our souls,” she said.Range said any Saint Mary’s woman who wants to follow a passion — writing or any other discipline — should work hard to hold onto their dreams because while the world is making progress towards taking young women more seriously, there still is a long way to go.“Don’t let anyone take your gravity away from you,” she said. “When people talk down to you, they are trying to dismiss you and not take you seriously. Don’t let anyone ever do that to you. … There’s something you have to hang onto in yourself.”Tags: Melissa Range, Visiting Writers serieslast_img

This week: NAFCU, CUs maintain advocacy leading up to midterms

first_img continue reading » The House and Senate remain out of session this week as they prepare for the Nov. 6 midterm elections. NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy team remains active in Washington, and encourages credit unions to reach out to their representatives at home on top industry issues.On Capitol Hill, NAFCU is currently defending the credit union industry against efforts to wrap it into the Community Reinvestment Act, and is instead asking that credit unions be granted the ability to serve underserved areas. The association is also pushing for the withdrawal of a proposed rulemaking that would loosen Volcker rule requirements on big banks.In addition, following NCUA action last week to delay its risk-based capital rule by one year, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees pushing for additional relief. Thaler urged Congress to act on the bipartisan bill the Common Sense Credit Union Capital Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 5288), which would ensure a two-year delay of the rule. At NAFCU’s leading, this legislation has passed the House three times this year. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img