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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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Holden Caulfield 5:13 pm 10 Nov 08

Just don’t do a trial run to see if it works, haha!

peterh 4:53 pm 10 Nov 08

tylersmayhem said :

That’s terrible man, the ‘Upper Tanker’ really is a last resort tactic and the risk of injury very high

I figure if someone is so f**king gross to do that, I wouldn’t doubt they’d just use their hands to avoid injury.

stick to cling wrapping the top of the bowl. far more amusing, and the results are faster achieved.

tylersmayhem 4:17 pm 10 Nov 08

That’s terrible man, the ‘Upper Tanker’ really is a last resort tactic and the risk of injury very high

I figure if someone is so f**king gross to do that, I wouldn’t doubt they’d just use their hands to avoid injury.

AngryHenry 3:42 pm 10 Nov 08

Haha Mr Caulfield! So was I!

That’s terrible man, the ‘Upper Tanker’ really is a last resort tactic and the risk of injury very high, here’s hoping whoever tanked you at least slipped and got their foot stuck in the bowl upon exiting…

I don’t think the words ‘salubrious’ and ‘Canberra Nightclub’ can actually be used fatually in a sentence, and the sh*t overflowing from the toilet probably nearly wasn’t as bad as the sh*t they let through the front door!!!

Holden Caulfield 3:25 pm 10 Nov 08

AngryHenry said :

3. I think you misunderstood my use of the term ‘brick’ as metaphorical instead of physical, haha! What you are referring to is a phenomena my friends and I used to call an ‘upper tanker’. It is not advised to try this on your own loo and only recommended for use as a practical joke against your enemies.

Thankyou.

No, I got it, I was just being an arse.

Sadly, after cleaning one of Canberra’s more salubrious night clubs for a jobbie (pun intended) to help put myself through tertiary education I have personal experience with the ‘upper tanker’. As well as a few other choice experiences. Eeeeewww!!!

peterh 3:21 pm 10 Nov 08

RuffnReady said :

monomania said :

As the “this mess”, what mess exactly, and how is the govt responsible for it? Not enough rain is falling in the catchments, and people have been wasting water for decades – that’s how we got into this mess! EVERYONE is responsible for environmental problems because everyone is a consumer and a part of the environment.

Wake up.

my neighbor still cleans her car on her driveway with a hose. No tanks, straight out of mains. maybe we will see water rage in the street, and she will find her hose cut up into little pieces….

what about the molonglo treatment works flow? the GL’s of water that is released could be re-routed and used as a top-up to the reservoirs, after a final filtration. Everyone is responsible for water wastage, but why do we have several tonnes of water being released to the murray darling? we should be looking at ways to ensure that the water can be re-used here.

everyone thinks i am mad for the suggestion, but I still think that we should drain the lakes. Whilst cleaning them up, use the water to top up the catchment. ornamental or settling ponds, they are a viable resource of water – if it is good enough for the GG’s garden and the arboretum, why not the people?

AngryHenry 2:21 pm 10 Nov 08

Holden Caulfield said :

Why do you have put an angry call to your landlady? How many times have you asked for a more efficient toilet in the past?

Oh, and if you’re putting your bricks in the cistern, you’re doing it wrong, haha. :p

Ok…

1. Because I am AngryHenry.

2. Several but thanks to some good ammunition from my fellow rioters I feel better prepared to tackle the issue.

3. I think you misunderstood my use of the term ‘brick’ as metaphorical instead of physical, haha! What you are referring to is a phenomena my friends and I used to call an ‘upper tanker’. It is not advised to try this on your own loo and only recommended for use as a practical joke against your enemies.

Thankyou.

Reprobate 1:51 pm 10 Nov 08

Hey Johnboy, sounds like Angry Henry has come up with another suggestion for the RiotACT t-shirts (whatever happened to them btw?)

The RiotACT: where you can find out why “my flatmates thought I had been fisting a smurf due to my stained blue forearms…”

Holden Caulfield 1:51 pm 10 Nov 08

Why do you have put an angry call to your landlady? How many times have you asked for a more efficient toilet in the past?

Oh, and if you’re putting your bricks in the cistern, you’re doing it wrong, haha. :p

AngryHenry 12:58 pm 10 Nov 08

tylersmayhem said :

Unfortunately I’m renting and so can’t do much except put a brick in my tank and keep mentioning it to the landlord but surely they could offer some kind of incentive for homeowners to upgrade to a more water efficient toilet? Couldn’t they?

Yep, and you can: http://www.thinkwater.act.gov.au/tune-ups_rebates/ToiletSmart.shtml

Thumper said :

If you takew the lid of your toilet cistern you will see a big float. This reglates how much water floods into the cistern. The float is held on by a piece of steel. Bend this steel downwards and it forces the float downwards thus not allowing as much water to enter after flushing.

Thanks for the advice guys…

Thumper I actually tried the float thing in a previous residence and broke it, disasterous and my flatmates thought I had been fisting a smurf due to my stained blue forearms. Like I said I’m not a property owner so I am loathe to shell out for anything that is my landlord’s responsibility.

I usually just turn the tap off near the loo to stop the water and follow the golden rule! (haha golden!) ‘If it’s yellow let it mellow and if it’s brown flush it down.’ However you all have inspired me to put an angry call through to to landlady and get it sorted once and for all.

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