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Watched a program on TV the other night about the water situation in Gela. As I’d just written the previous post on water, it was pretty interesting! Basically the local petrochem works have polluted the water table to hazardous levels. The solution? The government trucks in water for free, like Galway.

Oh, no, wait, this is Sicily. The solution is that the cittidini have to buy their water from private suppliers – who happen to get their water from a non-polluted public supply! How fantastic is that? Not only have the State allowed a company to destroy the water supply for an entire city, they’ve allowed private companies (probably owned by, or paying off, the local officials, regional officials, and for fucking sure cosa nostra) to get a monopoly on drinking water.

Fantastic.

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July 27, 2007 at 1:34 pm

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Water water everywhere…

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Marzememi is a popular spot in the summer! Over winter there’s about 200 people in the whole place, but come summer and it jammers! Apparently apartments are rented for €2,000 a month, but then again, the season is only 3 months long, so you have to take that into account.

Another problem is the lack of water. Even now there’s only mains water for a brief period in the morning and everyone rushes to pump as much water as possible into their tanks. Unfortunately by the time we got around to it this morning at 10:30 it was already to late. Fortunately there was enough in the tanks to keep us going.

Why isn’t there water? Well it seems to be one of those reasons that everyone knows but no-one talks about – certain parties have a vested interest in keeping the water supply intermittent and make bloody well sure that any plans to regularise the supply get shelved in committee-land.

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July 22, 2007 at 9:50 pm

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