Conor's Bandon Blog

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How to find about problems like the water situation in Bandon

We lost water around 2am Saturday and it returned dark brown at around 2pm. Does anyone know what the back story is and whether the water is safe to drink?

I would encourage Cork CoCo to immediately fire the arsehole at the end of the “All other emergencies” phone line listed in the Green Pages. My wife rang this cretin at 6am to report the water problem and find out what was wrong. She had already tried and failed to get through to the local engineers office. The bozo claimed that the number was only for reporting road problems. When asked for an alternative number he said she should check the Green Pages! No amount of arguing could convince this criminal waste of taxpayers money that she had rung the relevant listed number.

I headed to SuperValu to get bottled water at approx 11am to discover it was not just Old Chapel but all of Bandon that was out. Given that the incompetent fool at the end of the phone line is the only way we have of finding out the status of a problem like this, how does Cork CoCo propose to keep residents informed of problems, resolutions and warnings?

Maybe someone should tell them about this amazing new system called d’internet. If small Pacific Islands can set up web based warning systems for tsunamis, is it beyond the wit of Cork CoCo to have similar here? Of course they’d probably put the professionally negligent buffoon who mans the phone line in charge of it.

In the interim I am looking into putting together a very simple problem reporting and viewing system using something like Twitter or Jaiku. You would be able to send problems/resolutions using a web browser, SMS or Instant Message. e.g. broken water mains, ESB failures, car crashes etc.

3 Comments

  1. Just saw the twitter page and accompanying webpage aggregator this morning. Excellent idea Conor!

    It’s a pity people will have to ‘hunt and peck’ for the @ character on their mobiles to text the issues but still, this is a terrific use of twitter. And regular users can always setup a text template or draft. :-)

  2. Bandon isn’t the only place to suffer a water outage. Water disappeared here in Blarney twice 2 weeks ago within the space of 3 days. It’s one of those essentials that you don’t realise are so important until it’s gone. It was doubly bad for us taking care of Adam, making up bottles and the rest of the baby stuff!

  3. It’s kinda breaking the Twitter model (I have to grab the RSS feed using user/password as it is private to the corkprobs user) but it required zero programming which I like. If other sources come along that also use RSS, I can grab them into the site automatically too.

    That’s terrible re Blarney. Water cut-off is a public health emergency as far as I’m concerned. Apart from drinking water, people forget that you lose the ability to flush toilets or wash hands. that’s why we were so annoyed with that “not my problem” asshole in the council.