Vicki Dunne is having a whinge because Planning Minister Simon Corbell today reversed a ban she had imposed on insinkerators, or in-sink garbage disposal units.
Mrs Dunne is opposed to the use of insinkerators because they waste water.
“The general rule of thumb is that in-sink garbage disposal units use about 55 litres of water a day or 20 kilolitres a year each. Water which could be better used elsewhere,” she said. This amounts to about 6 per cent of the Government’s estimate of average water useage a year.
Mr Corbell’s stated reasons for ending the ban, set in place last year, were that it is ineffective and unenforceable. Which seem fair enough to me.
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Ok, so insinkerators use 20kL of water a year. Well how much do baths use? One bathtubful is approximately 500L, or half a kilolitre. So if you have one bath a week for most weeks in the year, and probably people with young kids would use a bath much more frequently than this, you are using as much water as an insinkerator. Water which could be put to much better use because you could be having a shower (water usage of one shower = very roughly 80L) and using the rest of the water for something else. So by this logic, I think all bathtubs should be banned because they encurage water wastage dammit. Why aren’t you banning baths Vicki?
In fact maybe we should all just wash using a bucket (water usage approx 10L) and a sponge. One bucket per family. And do the dishes in it afterwards. And give the scraps you would have put down your insinkerator to the chooks.