How Safe Is Melbourne Water? Could It Kill You?

If you live in Victoria, Australia you will have heard of Melbourne Water, as the name suggests it is responsible for much of the water assets that serve the city of Melbourne.

And you also have an opinion on the pros and cons of “tap water versus bottled water”, but this is not what this article is about. This article is about the safety philosophy of an organisation entrusted with supply and delivery of a life supporting resource such as water.

I would expect the philosophy of a public body (and their servants) responsible for life giving “water” to be beyond reproach and certainly not subject to any lackadaisical attitudes but that it not necessarily the case … but you be the judge.

Imagine you are a young woman taking your very energetic dog for some exercise … and you have decided to ride your bike with the dog running beside you. I’ve seen many people do this without incident.

Picture this woman (who happens to be a close friend of mine) riding along a “drainage pathway” … sort of an ‘overflow’ if you like that can take storm flood waters, but for the majority of time it is a quiet and very safe pathway to either walk the dog, go for a run or a ride.

But what if, as you are riding at high speed along the path it just disappears in front of your eyes?

The young woman, out taking her dog for exercise … is now heading headfirst into a concrete hole and has no way of avoiding the disaster.

Her neck and jaw hit first (see the red cross) into the hard concrete edging of a meter wide cross drain splitting her flesh and running deep grazes into her throat; her bike’s front wheel of course had plunged into the crevasse.

Trying to ‘break her fall’ was a natural instinct which lead to a fractured wrist, and her body, traveling at around twenty kilometers an hour also hit hard cracking a number of ribs and badly grazing the skin along her throat.

Blood was pouring from the gash under her jaw, her clothes now literally covered in her own blood as she dragged her damaged bike back towards the road in a vain attempt to get help.

She waved down a taxi … but one look at her at it drove away, leaving her to abandon her bike, still holding onto her lead she slowly took herself and her dog the kilometer or so back home … a shared house that she had only moved to some days earlier. The fact that she was not familiar with her surrounds in some way helped contribute to her accident, but it really wasn’t an accident, but rather it was a disaster waiting to happen.

See, if an accident can be foreseen … then it probably isn’t an accident in my opinion. Those responsible used to have an obligation under ‘common law’ to remove the hazard. You could say it is a moral obligation especially if women and children are likely to be injured unnecessarily.

Injured and upset, this young woman eventually made it to the emergency area of her local hospital. The attending doctor sent her for Xrays, stitched her jaw and dresses her abrasions.

He said “You are very lucky not to have been more seriously injured. You could have broken your neck.”

Six weeks off work as the result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented …

The cost to have put a concrete slab, or galvanised grate across the open side drain would certainly be a few thousand dollars, so why would a large public authority DECIDE NOT TO FIX THE PROBLEM when they have seen the results that their hazard has caused.

It can surely only be that safety, and in particular PUBLIC SAFETY, is not a high priority.

See, the accident happened eighteen months ago … and yet the hazard remains, awaiting it’s next unsuspecting victim. Men and women ride along this drainage pathway every day. Unfortunately some do so for the first time … and would not expect the path to disappear.

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This hazard will be rectified … I’m just very surprised that it wasn’t done within days or weeks of my friends ‘accident’.

If you know of a media contact in Melbourne who could help make a difference here and prevent some one else suffering a similar injury please let me know.

Leave a comment below or contact Melbourne Water and inquire if the hazard has been rectified.

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From Wikipedia: In 1989, a radical series of Eastern Bloc political changes occurred, associated with the liberalization  of the Eastern Bloc’s authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary.  After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin.  Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall,  joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere.  Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest.

The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.

Does Costa Rica need a military defense force to stop invaders? In 1948 their government abandoned their military … was that a wise move? Many people may not be willing to consider such a radical step but they are living in the past … or as one great American once said, “Most people are driving through life with both hands firmly on the rear view mirror.”

That great American is non other than Mr Werner Erhard, founder of the EST Training, recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize and the person considered responsible for introducing “empowerment” to business and organisations, rather than “management”.

Love is omni-inclusive ...On 1st December, 1948 President José Figueres abolished Costa Rica’s army. From that moment on Costa Rica has lived as a peaceful and democratic nation. Besides getting rid of the army this decision had another important effect on the country’s development. The money that was formerly spent on the military is now spent on education and universal health care and has had a tremendous effect on human development for the average Costa Rican.

No other countries can make this claim!

This peaceful tradition continues to live. Costa Rica’s current president, Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez was the recipient of the Noble Peace prize for being instrumental in bringing peace to the nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s.

Furthermore, there is no threat of terrorism here because Costa Rica has NO enemies. This added stability is one of the primary factors that make our unique country  such a special place in the world and perfect for a peaceful retirement and investment. For these same reasons large multinational corporations like Citi Bank, GE, Walmart, Intel, Proctor Gamble, Firestone, Amazon.com and many others have invested millions of dollars here. I am sure this list will continue to grow as more big players and individuals realize the advantage of investing here.

Finally, this peaceful ambience, excellent investment climate and unparalleled beauty are the reasons Costa Rica has become one top five emerging real estate markets in the world. See more on Costa Rica Continue reading