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

Students participate in Black Friday shopping

first_imgWhen major retailers like Walmart and Target began their Black Friday sales over Thanksgiving break, the shopping rush drew some Notre Dame students straight from the dinner table. Senior Michelle Ferreira, a Los Angeles native who stayed in South Bend for the break, started Black Friday on Thursday. “I ended up leaving dinner at about 9 p.m. [Thursday], and I headed over to Walmart” she said. “They opened everything at 10 p.m. and it was pure chaos. It was absolutely nuts.” Ferreira had never heard of Black Friday before coming to Notre Dame, she said, and she was surprised by how seriously some took the sales. “People waiting had lawn chairs out, it was completely packed,” Ferreira said. “You had to know what area you wanted, because people had obviously scoped it out days in advance. There was like a 200 person line in every aisle. I wanted to get out as soon as possible.” Ferreira said some of her fellow bargain-hunters let the mania get the best of them. “I didn’t see pepper spraying or gun shots or whatever, but I saw people crying, I saw some disputes between people,” she said. “They were cutting in line, there were some disputes between families — there was just chaos.” Ferreira walked out of the store unscathed with a number of additions to her movie collection. “It was $1.96 for DVDs. And they were recent movies, too,” she said. “I got The Hangover and my brother wanted Fast Five Blu-ray for Christmas. They had it for $10.” While shoppers like Ferreira hit the aisles early, not all of the deals were snatched up by the time the second wave of shoppers arrived Friday. Junior Aurora Kareh opted for a Friday afternoon shopping trip at The Woodlands Mall in her Texas hometown. “It was 2 or 3 p.m. when we got to Macy’s,” Kareh said. “It was more full than I had ever seen it, but it wasn’t what I expected it had been when they opened.” Unlike Ferreira’s DVD hunt, Kareh did not have a plan of action when she arrived at the mall. “I didn’t have anything specific in mind that I wanted to buy, but I knew Macy’s would have good deals on things I would be interested in,” she said. Junior Lexi Casaceli’s Black Friday shopping at the Lee Outlets in Lee, Mass., was even less deliberate. “We went after lunch on a spur-of-the-moment trip because it was such a nice day out, so we would be able to enjoy the weather while shopping at the outdoor outlets,” she said. Like Kareh, Cascaceli avoided the intensity of the late-night shoppers. “Unfortunately, I saw nothing ridiculous,” Cascaceli said. “We had missed most of the Black Friday deals at the outlet that went from midnight to 6 a.m., so the crazies weren’t out, although there were still a lot of shoppers.” Ferreira said these giant crowds, at least in South Bend, may be a result of the economic climate. “In South Bend, it’s pretty nuts,” she said. “The economy is hurting people, so everyone’s taking advantage of what they can with savings.” Ferreira said one Black Friday shopping trip was enough for her. “I won’t be going back next year,” she said. “I’m a senior, so no more South Bend crazy Black Fridays for me. Unless I need a 70-inch plasma for half-off down the road, no thanks.”last_img

Ones to watch in 2012

first_imgCampbell has a decision to make.Alan CampbellThe Chiswick-based rower is aiming for a gold medal in 2012, but since 2008 he has won world medals in the single scull – arguably rowing’s highest profile event – but failed to take a world title.He must decide whether he has a better chance of an Olympic title in a larger boat, either the double or quadruple scull.Jordan Turner-HallAnother Harlequins player who recently signed a new contract, Turner-Hall is regarded by Quins boss Conor O’Shea as a better all-round performer now than when he was previously involved with the senior England squad. Still only 23, this looks like being a big year for the centre’s club and international aspirations.Ashley Theophane (pictured at top)Theophane’s journey from Feltham Young Offenders Institute to being the British light-welterweight champion is a heart rending tale – and his story could get even better. Another successful defence of his cherished Lonsdale belt will see the Kilburn boxer keep it outright and may pave the way for a world title shot.Armand TraoreDeemed not good enough by Arsenal, the Senegal international is far from the finished article and needs to improve the defensive side of his game. But if he can get regular first-team football at QPR after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Traore could be a much improved player 12 months down the line. Ouseph is eyeing Olympic glory.Rajiv OusephOuseph, the country’s number one men’s singles badminton player, is aiming to fulfil his Olympic dream in 2012. The 25-year-old from Hounslow has worked his way back into the world’s top 30 and defends his British title in February.Kerim FreiThe Austrian-born midfielder, who was raised in Switzerland, made his full Premier League debut for Fulham against Chelsea on Boxing Day and looks set for a bright future. With pace and skill in abundance, Frei is good enough to make a name for himself in the months and years ahead.Matthew BriggsBriggs’ performances since breaking into Fulham’s first team suggest he is well worth keeping an eye on. He became the youngest player in Premier League history when he made his debut against Middlesbrough aged only 16. Now 20, the left-back continues to make excellent progress. Reeves impressed during pre-season.Jake ReevesThe young Brentford midfielder’s sparkling pre-season performances suggested he has a bright future. His first-team outings have been limited, partly because of injury, but Reeves has plenty of ability.Shaleum LoganCaptured on a free transfer from Uwe Rosler’s former club Manchester City, Logan is arguably the pick of the German’s signings since he took over as Brentford manager. The right-back has been troubled by injury and needs to work on his defending, but going forward he is already a player to be reckoned with.Sam RobsonThe Australian batsman, 22, was outstanding for Middlesex as they won promotion in 2011. Robson has an English mother and a UK passport and is intent on playing for England in the future.Dean InmanThe 21-year-old Hampton & Richmond defender’s impressive performances suggest he is capable of playing at a higher level. QPR have had Inman on trial and a number of other clubs have him on their radars. 2012 could be a bumper year for sport in west London.As well as our football, cricket and rugby teams, we have boxers with high hopes. And there’s the small matter of the Olympics.Here are some of the local sports stars we think can make their mark over the next 12 months:AdChoices广告George GrovesHammersmith boxing prospect Groves, 23, enjoyed a superb 2011, beating arch rival James DeGale on a majority points decision and destroying Paul Smith in two rounds.He is unbeaten in his 12 professional fights yet has played down his chances of challenging for a world title soon, as has his trainer Adam Booth. But the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion will certainly be one to watch this year, which is likely to start with a rematch against rugged Scot Kenny Anderson, who caused him problems when they last met.Will DeGale and Groves meet again this year?James DeGaleThe Harlesden man, who won Olympic gold in 2008, bounced back from his ego-bruising defeat to Groves by capturing the European crown with a victory over Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski.Unlike Groves, DeGale is keen to talk up his chances of quickly securing a world title, which he is keen to achieve in 2012.Daniel SturridgeHaving established himself at Chelsea this season, 2012 could be the year Sturridge makes an impact on the international stage. Many Blues fans believe he should be playing through the middle, but on the right flank he has proved a handful for even the best Premier League sides.David StockdaleThis could be the year the Fulham goalkeeper also makes his mark for England. If he does, the catalyst will have been the injury to Mark Schwarzer that led to Stockdale’s recent recall from a loan spell at Ipswich. Since read more

Global itch

first_imgAustin Vogel | Daily TrojanDr. Ed Avol, professor of clinical preventative medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, spoke on how global warming would increase the spread of vector-borne diseases — such as those from ticks and mosquitoes — during the Global Health Speaker Series event on Monday. The event is part of the USC Global Health Awareness Week 2014.last_img