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03-09-2018, 15:50   #1
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I am an Engineer working for an Urban Local Authority (Council). I work on projects involving surface water. I worked privately for a number of years before this. Feel free to ask me anything!
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Why is drainage of surface water such a problem in Ireland ?
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One reason is because hard ground cover has replaced green areas. Then the water accumulates.
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What hours do you work?
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Do you lads make jokes in the office about 7 lads leaning on 1 spade. or is that just outside people looking in jokes
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What hours do you work?
same as most other people, 9 to half 5
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Do you lads make jokes in the office about 7 lads leaning on 1 spade. or is that just outside people looking in jokes
to be honest, its like any other job i've been in. no one really makes those jokes. I think maybe years ago it was different.
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If you were given a budget of 100 Million and free reign what would be the very first initial project youd hope to see started. national or regional can be either.
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Have the fisheries total control over the rivers or can they be dredged at any time of the year? If thst was done including smaller rivers it would solve half the problems surely?
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What kind of work did you do in private industry?

What kind of qualifications do you have?? Have you a trade background??

What kind of age profile are you? If you don't mind me asking - and how long have you spent working in the council/privately. I would just always think money in the council would be far less than out privately, plus less perks like bonuses or health insurance, but this might be my own ignorance
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Dunno if you can answer this one and no worries if you can’t

Last year the road outside my place was resurfaced, I live on a gently sloping road. Since the resurfacing rain water from the road now flows into my drive, flooding it with about an inch of water. The nearest drain is just the other side of my entrance. During the resurfacing the driveways uphill of me all got a “lip” of tarmac to deflect the water out of their drives.

I have written to a local councillor who lives on the same road (last February) and a couple times since and while he is very nice I’ve not had any help.

Any glue who I should contact directly?

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Why do Irish roads (even new ones) still employ those limited size, flat to the road, easily clogged grates? Given the volume of water that falls, and the account of leaves/mud that accumulates, and the lack of appropriate grading, it means that of the half of the grates which actually get feed with water, half of them are blocked.

Surely we'd be better off building large storm grates like you see in the US? Or is there a technical reason not to?
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If you were given a budget of 100 Million and free reign what would be the very first initial project youd hope to see started. national or regional can be either.
This will be a really boring answer. I would read the local development plan and put it towards projects off that.
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Have the fisheries total control over the rivers or can they be dredged at any time of the year? If thst was done including smaller rivers it would solve half the problems surely?
I'll be honest, i dont know anything about dredging rivers. Ive never carried out that work.
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What kind of work did you do in private industry?

What kind of qualifications do you have?? Have you a trade background??

What kind of age profile are you? If you don't mind me asking - and how long have you spent working in the council/privately. I would just always think money in the council would be far less than out privately, plus less perks like bonuses or health insurance, but this might be my own ignorance
I carried out design work for a consultant in the same area.
I have a masters in engineering.
I'm in my 30's. Making more now than I did before.
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