- Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:08
- Written by Letter to the Editor
To use frozen water pipes as an example of ‘ageing infrastructure’ is not valid, in my view.
Humans have a lifespan which edges upwards towards 100 years, which makes it difficult for us to form a realistic perception of the changes in climate which have occurred over the 6 billion or so years since our planet was formed. Even the changes over a few thousand years since the last ice age are hard enough to comprehend. There are immense forces – or more correctly energy transfers – at work in the universe, with a vast number if interactions.
This last winter has seen exceptionally low temperatures in Meaford, so to blame the freezing of pipes on ‘ageing infrastructure’ is hardly a valid connection. Pipes do not generally freeze because they have ‘aged”, but because the temperature has dropped.