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Changes to water restrictions – you can even wash your car!

By johnboy - 7 November 2008 50

ACTEW have announced that, Kalloo Kallay, you’ll finally be able to wash your car!

    ACTEW Managing Director Mark Sullivan has announced short-term relief from water restrictions through Canberra’s BIG spring clean, which will run from Saturday 15 – Sunday 30 November.

    For this two-week period (three weekends), current Stage 3 Water Restrictions will be slightly relaxed to allow a ‘spring clean’ of the city. The washing of windows, buildings, paved areas and vehicles will be allowed using potable water (drinking/tap water), provided the cleaning is done using water responsibly and within ACTEW’s guidelines.

There are also more exemptions on the way:

    • an exemption for community facilities to convert their turfed ground to water efficient grass species in November (such as Couch or Soft-leaf Buffalo)
    • in response to a proposal from the pool construction industry, an exemption for filling swimming pools for residential customers that have adopted certain water efficient practices in and around their home will be trialed from November to the end of February.
    • as in previous years, a general exemption for the whole community to allow the use of sprinklers over the Christmas period (from 13 December to 1 February).

Full details are online.

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Changes to water restrictions – you can even wash your car!
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:43 pm 07 Nov 08

That’s the responsible thing to do.

The rules say what the rules say. People here bleat about sticking within the rules regardless of common courtesy or the effects on others*, so guess what – I’m going have 2 very shiny cars and a nice green lawn at the end of the month!

* for example see recent thread about driving in the right hand lane.

Danman 1:25 pm 07 Nov 08

hmmm local myna family perhaps. Tnucs should be Stunc

Danman 1:24 pm 07 Nov 08

astro – I got cues, romas, pumpkins, watermelons, beets, chillis and corn.

I keep em in a greenhouse cupboard thingy on the back paved area – just went from punnets to pots the other day – garden beds are prepped up but waiting a while.

Last year it took overnight for my tender juicy seedlings to be eaten by teh locak myna family – the tnucs.

realityskin 1:11 pm 07 Nov 08

Overheard said :

Please people, do not go nuts with these exemptions.

please oh no pah-leeeasssse

astrojax 1:09 pm 07 Nov 08

this is a totally vorpal thread, btw.

astrojax 1:09 pm 07 Nov 08

my god, danman and i have been startlingly aligned the last couple days – watering seedlings from a 2l bottle sums up my evenings of late! (though i go through a couple of bottles as i have zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, chillies and beetroot, as well as keeping the less than 1m squared ‘cottage’ bed by the front door damp every other day…

snicker-snack!

Thumper 12:36 pm 07 Nov 08

My lawn needs washing…

ant 12:32 pm 07 Nov 08

I always thought it was Kalloo Kallay too, I think they spelt it that way in Footrot Flats. The Dog was nota great speller. There’s quite a few funny words added to the language from that pome.

Danman 12:22 pm 07 Nov 08

My car has looked dusty and dirty (Not uber filthy or muddy) for nigh on 18 months.

Washing it will provide no satisfaction for me, I woul dmuch rather use the water for more useful things, like watering my seedlings from a 2L bottle.

One bottle a day does the lot, imagine how many times I could fill the bottle for a car wash worth of water.

jimbocool 12:18 pm 07 Nov 08

JB it’s “Callooh! Callay!” not “Kalloo Kallay”:

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy”

from Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll in “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There”, 1872.

Holden Caulfield 11:55 am 07 Nov 08

I have two years of no car washing to make up for now, haha! Might have to take two weeks off work to celebrate by washing the car every day.

justbands 11:54 am 07 Nov 08

I’ll wash the balcony glass, that’s probably it (& I’ll be quite sparing with the water!).

Overheard 11:51 am 07 Nov 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Sweet – both my cars will be getting washed on my front lawn (2 birds with 1 stone and all that).

That’s the responsible thing to do.

Please people, do not go nuts with these exemptions. And please don’t get used to them. They’re a privilege not some God-given right to start salivating about the days you used to hose down your pavement with a spray nozzle set to Force 10 from Navarone.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:47 am 07 Nov 08

Sweet – both my cars will be getting washed on my front lawn (2 birds with 1 stone and all that).

Mr Evil 11:45 am 07 Nov 08

Yay, watch water usage go through the roof!

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