Water use blows out on the first day back at work?

johnboy 6 January 2009 39

ACTEW is reporting that with Canberrans returning to work yesterday water use blew out to 160ML over our target of 139ML.

This is from the Sunday usage of 136ML.

So it’s domestic water use that’s the problem? Seems unlikely.


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tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:21 pm 08 Jan 09

Rough calculations show that the lower bound for a typical ducted evaporative cooling unit with 10kW of cooling performance is about 16L/hour of water usage.

Thats pretty good I reckon!

caf caf 2:40 pm 08 Jan 09

That sounds unlikely, sepi – the mechanism through which they work is through turning liquid water to vapour to cool the intake air.

Rough calculations show that the lower bound for a typical ducted evaporative cooling unit with 10kW of cooling performance is about 16L/hour of water usage.

sepi sepi 1:37 pm 08 Jan 09

Johnathan I think modern evaporative coolers use a lot less water. 18L each time you turn it on – so they recommend you turn it on and leave it on, rather than on and off, and I think it can use the same 18Litres all day.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:42 am 07 Jan 09

It was the thousands of zip boil water heaters that refilled and started heating at 9:00am monday morning that accounted for the spike; all those Pubes having their morning fix of International Roast…

Your username says it all!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:41 am 07 Jan 09

I suppose ACTEW can justify another price rise now – blood sucking leeches!

emd emd 8:36 am 07 Jan 09

XBikee, you can tip that bucket in the loo instead of using the flush button.
Or use your bucket to grow herbs or tomatoes in a pot on your balcony.
Or use your bucket to wash the kitchen and bathroom floors.

Xbikee Xbikee 6:23 am 07 Jan 09

That was my thought while washing the car the other day … isn’t the water just going back to where it came from? A bit further donstream and a bit soapy…

deye deye 11:16 pm 06 Jan 09

Xbikee said :

but I only have one bucket so have to tip out the first two in the shower…

Then it just gives the towns downstream a bit more water to use 😉

Xbikee Xbikee 10:43 pm 06 Jan 09

I used to save water in the shower … could save up to three litres … but I only have one bucket so have to tip out the first two in the shower…

But then no-one has really told me why i have to “save water” … there’s just me in a little place with no garden.

If I saved it in a bucket could I keep it for later? But if it went in a bucket then I have already ‘used’ it haven’t I… I didn’t save anything. Did I? Maybe water balloons for passing Diplomat cars…

emd emd 9:03 pm 06 Jan 09

I think lots more people in Perth have bore water than we do in Canberra, that might help?

I’m guessing it was a combination of mums washing everything after getting home from holidays, paid workers taking longer showers in the hope that they would wake up and returning to work would all be a bad dream, and everyone’s office air con cranking up again.

Granny Granny 8:35 pm 06 Jan 09

No, Nosey. That is not wrong. Hopefully you didn’t strip down too far, however.

*tee hee*

Come to think of it, I actually don’t think there were any water restrictions at all in Perth. Could this be true?

Nosey Nosey 8:28 pm 06 Jan 09

I rode home today and as soon as I arrived I stripped off and soaked myself with the garden hose.

IS THAT WRONG??????

I used to do it as a kid……..

Then I turned on the evaporative air con…. mmmmmmm…. air con…..

bubzie bubzie 7:04 pm 06 Jan 09

peterh said :

bubzie said :

damn you lot..at least you get aircon/ability to go back to work yesterday… 🙁

bubzie, why not you?

i work in retail..no break for me!!

peterh peterh 5:09 pm 06 Jan 09

I use ice fans at home. no evap. thing melts, stick it in freezer and swelter.

Danman Danman 5:05 pm 06 Jan 09

I got evap @ home, I would rather be there than working in the environment I do, where its 5 degrees warmer than the rest of the building and no air circulation.

Evap Aircon could be another reason for the increased water usage as well.

peterh peterh 4:39 pm 06 Jan 09

bubzie said :

damn you lot..at least you get aircon/ability to go back to work yesterday… 🙁

bubzie, why not you?

bubzie bubzie 4:25 pm 06 Jan 09

damn you lot..at least you get aircon/ability to go back to work yesterday… 🙁

peterh peterh 4:19 pm 06 Jan 09

jakez said :

niftydog said :

Everybody stood in the shower for an extra 20 mins wishing they didn’t have to go back to work?

I actually did do that.

small daughter flushes the toilet with monotonous regularity after 4 mins…

wait. she must have my water saver timer. damn!

jakez jakez 3:43 pm 06 Jan 09

niftydog said :

Everybody stood in the shower for an extra 20 mins wishing they didn’t have to go back to work?

I actually did do that.

peterh peterh 3:42 pm 06 Jan 09

sepi said :

Office aircon coming back on?

I wish. still 27c inside.

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