20 March 2007

Water nazis

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The ABC in another effort to shame its audience on water use (they had the 2 minute shower challene a couple of weeks back) now has the 40 hour drought comp: http://abc.net.au/water/40hourdrought/

So can I interest you using a mere 40 L of water over 40 hours?

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Here’s an interesting update to the water debate


VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt9:05 am 21 Mar 07

If I piss on my garden can I add that to the 40 litres?

Not so hard, 40 litres for a 4-person household = 160 litres. Just don’t wash your clothes that 2-days, have an old fashioned wash instead of a shower, turn off the air con, and go out for dinner! Not sure that’s what they had in mind, though.

I reckon it’s a great idea. 40 Hour Famine is designed to stop people going hungry. It’s about raising consciousness about the issue. This is the same idea.

idiots who have aircon on 24×7 are contributing to wasted water.

On the subject of water nazis though, I was taken by a letter to the editor of the Canberra Times the other day about one of the victims who’s been fined by the water nazis.
Seems an elderly man up the road was fined for having a sprinkler operating during the day. According to the letter writer, some kids had apparently turned on the sprinkler while the man was out of the house. He wrote that even a cursory search by the water ‘police’ would have revealed that no water had been put on the lawn for months.
Makes you wonder whether these guys have been given set targets to achieve. Otherwise why not talk to the home owner before issuing the fine

neanderthalsis10:09 am 20 Mar 07

Well, that equates to 1 x 20L Jerry can per man per day. Done that plenty of times when in the Boonies (even less sometimes). Mind you, we never had to wash clothes, shower, flush toilets etc. We only used it to shave, have a bird bath, wash your dixies (if you bothered to use them, cook and drink.

40L doesn’t amount to much really, flushing the toilet probably uses 10L or so, washing the dishes another 10, having a shower maybe 30 – 40L unless you’re a teenager, 2L to boil spuds and greens for dinner.

At the end of the 40hrs there would be some thirsty, smelly poeple out there.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt8:55 am 20 Mar 07

I would consider participating in something like this when businesses choose to do the same. I strongly suspect an awful lot of water is being used by businesses, negating the efforts of families to save a bit here and there.

Fortunately it rained a lot on the weekend, which is helping my efforts to restore my front lawn to its former glory.

I could drink 40 litres in 40 hours.

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