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Water palaver I

Letters

It is about time our national leaders faced up to their responsibilities to provide a secure water supply. This is too important an issue to be left to private companies.

It is not beyond our leaders' wits and capabilities to instigate a temporary first part of a national water grid to bring this life-supporting commodity from areas of the country which have an excess to those areas in short supply.

Within three months it should be possible to lay two temporary 150mm pipes together with the necessary mobile pumps to extract water from the Welsh reservoirs and pump it into the river Severn.

Further down stream, two more temporary 150mm pipes could be laid together to transfer water into the upper reaches of the Thames.

This will secure the continuity of supply in the interim, pending a permanent system.

In conjunction with this replacement, the existing Lake District/Manchester pipelines should be connected into this system nucleus, giving more flexibility and further sources of supply to the South East.

What we need to see from our national leaders is awareness, responsibility and action - not procrastination to prolong the difficulties.

John Franklin, 11 The Ridings, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 5BN

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