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NWC's aerated water

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

Kindly permit me space to comment on a most vexing problem which I understand has become quite commonplace throughout the area in which I live and, I strongly suspect, just might be an islandwide problem.

Thank you National Water Commission (NWC) for all the air which comes blasting through the taps in my home at least twice per day every day. As a good corporate citizen, you are clearly trying to ensure that we not only get enough air to breathe but that we get at least two baths per day and, of course get our clothing washed without having to make any special effort other than to turn on the pipe from time to time.

I don't want to be a spoilsport seemingly complaining all the time but your approach in this matter could use a lot of improvement. Let me point out some of the weaknesses in your method which represents a consensus among the folks with whom I have discussed your generosity:

1. We already have enough air to breathe.

2. We prefer to schedule our own bath times.

3. We would like some warning so that some detergent can be included in the laundering.

4. We think you should calculate the percentage of air being passed through our meters and charge a much lower rate for the air than for the water.

A. Seriously now NWC, it seems more than just a coincidence that the "air comes so often". It is more than coincidence that the water pressure drops to absolute zero and then comes back with a shotgun blast splashing water all over the kitchen or bathrooms every single day.

B. I need to ask: Since NWC water is treated and fit for human consumption, you do pass it through airtight pipes to protect its quality as well as to prevent widespread leaking of this now precious commodity, so how does the air get into the system every day? If the water can't leak from your mains, then air cannot enter the system. Since I have no water leaks in my yard (between meter and house), the air clearly does not enter from my end, right?

C. If you agree to B above, then there is only one other possible source through which the air can enter the system and that would be from your end, right?

Too much coincidence

Well, dear NWC, it appears from this layman's point of view that there is too much coincidence involved in this matter. First, the water is cut off for a period of time and then it is turned back on chock-full of air. You will please pardon me for using this rather crude but appropriate expression "something stinks in this whole matter".

All the way back to the days of Morris Cargill, when he wrote under the pen name 'Thomas Wright', we have been getting warnings that air passing through our water meters will register and have to be paid for on our water bills. My dear, NWC that is clearly dishonesty. It seems you are dipping into our pockets for services not rendered. It has to stop and it must stop right now, or I shall get together with some of my fellow victims, hire some expert assistance and haul your organisation into the courts.

I have happily grown old at last and no longer have to worry about who might or might not like me. That's not what life is all about but, rather, it is about standing up for our rights and not becoming voluntary victims of an organisation which has succeeded in making pressure hoses out of our household plumbing and, to add insult to injury, making us pay for it as well.

I am, etc.,