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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.

Thumper 12:41 pm 10 Nov 08

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.

Overheard 12:41 pm 10 Nov 08

Wouldn’t it be nice if the community did some of this stuff of their own volition rather than having the govvermint having to regulate and then for every second man, wommin and dog having a red hot whinge that the measures are too Draconian or don’t go far enough or that the cistern size didn’t take account of the implementation of light rail through their bathrooms.

tylersmayhem 12:40 pm 10 Nov 08

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

AngryHenry 12:29 pm 10 Nov 08

The Government should start looking at some other household issues, like toilets… I pulled my cistern apart on the weekend to do some repairs and it uses 11 litres of water per flush!!! That is outta control, I reckon I could wash my whole car inside and out with about three or four flushes!!!

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?

Overheard 12:16 pm 10 Nov 08

bd84 said :

It’s like congratulations Canberra, you’ve blown the water usage target to hell for the past 3 weeks, here we will let you go crazy for two weeks!

Does anyone want to have a game of try to predict how low the dam levels will get in the two weeks of watering madness?

I think we could do well enough to about 45 percent from the I think it was 50.7% I saw on the way home today.

This is what I was thinking while driving past one of those signs the other day. They’ve been consistently telling us we’re blowing our targets, oh and by the way, have two weeks to go absolutely wet and wild.

Bee-zarre.

Overheard 12:13 pm 10 Nov 08

caf said :

VY, I don’t think the commentor was being sarcastic. Though the fact you took it that way perhaps indicates a guilty conscience beating deep within? 😉

Correct, caf. No traces of irony or sarcasm intended on my part. If the rules allow you to wash your car, VY, I applaud your decision to do so on the grass. Apologies if any offence or anything else taken.

tylersmayhem 12:02 pm 10 Nov 08

Thanks for your post RuffnReady. You’ve saved me having to type up a full response. Spot on!

RuffnReady 10:38 am 10 Nov 08

monomania said :

Some of you have been indoctrinated by Actew and the government over the last 5 years. There may be scarcity of water in the Murrumbidgee but the water we will use over the fortnight won’t make any difference. As the water is there to use, we should be allowed to use it. Most people in the community are sensible about water use. The restrictions on outside water use have only played a part in reducing previous demand from 64GL down to 44GL. There is no way water levels will hit 45%. The only thing I will thank Actew and Stanhope for is an apology for getting us into this mess in the first place.

The more you post, the more I know you are a tool.

1/3 reduction in water consumption is a HUGE impact – water restrictions have actually made people think about water as a precious resource. Now, if only it was also priced properly people might really start to use the stuff rationally.

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.

tylersmayhem 9:19 am 10 Nov 08

One of my neighbours washes his car on the lawn every weekend, water restrictions don’t seem to apply to him – scum of the earth.

I am assuming that you know FOR SURE that your neighbor is not using tank or greay water for washing his car, before resorting to name calling and accusations?

astrojax 11:39 am 09 Nov 08

The restrictions on outside water use have only played a part in reducing previous demand from 64GL down to 44GL

only..?? only reduced demand by a third. this isn’t significant?? water is there to use and we should be allowed to use it – without paying for it?? don’t we also need to think about if we actually need to use it?

the water is ‘there to use’ because restrictions have allowed it to be saved, because demand has been reduced – i’m glad we don’t make you treasurer…

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