The Department of Water and Power has opened a campaign to win a water-rate increase and reinstate a long-frozen surcharge on electricity bills. During a sparsely attended two-hour presentation Saturday, officials of the huge utility detailed their case for proposed increases in water rates of 3.9 percent, effective July 1, and 3.5 percent more a year later. The DWP said the water rate hike would add less than $1 a month to the typical residential bill in the first year. In the second year, increases would amount to 83 cents a month for a typical home. Officials also want to reinstate an electricity surcharge, frozen in 1998, that would enable them to pass along to customers cost spikes in natural gas and other fluctuating expenses. They also propose establishing another surcharge to help offset the cost of developing renewable energy sources. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A West Donegal based independent community activist has called for Donegal County Council to establish a training programme to instruct volunteers on the best methods of fighting gorse fires.The fire burns close to Loughanure villageHis comments come in the wake of gorse fires in the Dungloe and Rosses area this week.Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig comments come in the wake of numerous gorse fires breaking out in recent days after the current dry spell. “Given the increase in gorse fires throughout County Donegal in recent years, some of which have done considerable damage I think the County Council, in conjunction with the Fire Service, should give serious consideration to launching a training programme which would give local volunteers the know-how to fight such fires.“Fires such as the ones we have seen recently in the Dungloe, Gweedore and Keadue areas could quickly be brought under control if people who live local to the fire were properly trained in dealing with an event such as a gorse fire.“These fires can cause widespread disruption and huge environmental damage if they manage to get out of control, as we have seen especially in 2011. When this happens the fire service are then stretched to their operational capacity and this in turn puts lives at risk. Having the fire service tied up in fighting gorse fires is also a huge drain to the tax payer.”He concluded, “If we had local women and men properly trained to operate volunteer units to fight gorse fires they then could make the assessment if they can bring the fires under control themselves and whether or not the fire service need to be called out. In the interests of the community, the environment and most importantly human lives, I think it is incumbent upon Donegal County Council to give this serious consideration.” CALL MADE FOR TRAINING OF VOLUNTEERS TO FIGHT GORSE FIRES was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gorsefiresvolunteers