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Water use signs in perfect harmony

By johnboy - 16 December 2008 34

There’s been a rumour going around that the roadside water usage signs are presenting different results at any given time. If true that would do little to enhance community confidence in the water conservation message.

Between 11am and midday today I made a study of the signs on the Barton Highway, Barry Drive, and the Tuggeranong Parkway.

I am happy to report that the rumours are completely untrue.

All three signs are reporting yesterday’s usage to be 129 megalitres, 10 under the target (yay us!).

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34 Responses to
Water use signs in perfect harmony
poptop 7:56 pm 16 Dec 08

I would like water-saving haiku.

Summer in Canberra
We need our water to drink
No sprinklers for you!

New Yeah 7:10 pm 16 Dec 08

I would have no idea how much water was consumed if it weren’t for these signs. And if agree with the posts above – a bit of variety in the message could be worthwhile.

Kerces 6:29 pm 16 Dec 08

At 1pm today the sign on the Monaro Highway said yesterday’s usage was 130ML. Not 129.

I think if they’re going to tell us not to be stupid and use water when it’s rained, they could also say ”under target yay” or “good work guys” or something if we are actually under target for once (like yesterday, whichever figure you use).

Vic Bitterman 5:47 pm 16 Dec 08

Now to somehow find out what their mobile number is, and use it the purposes of evil. Such as inserting other messages like “For a good time, call Thumper on….”.

OzPhoenix 5:39 pm 16 Dec 08

chewy14 said :

OzPhoenix,
They are updated via mobile phone. They just have a sim card in them and the message can be changed by upload from a data program.

Ahhh, nice. Someone further up also mentioned an antenna on top, I’ll have to keep an eye out for that on the way home tonight as I have previously not noticed them – guess too busy reading the text.

chewy14 5:14 pm 16 Dec 08

OzPhoenix,
They are updated via mobile phone. They just have a sim card in them and the message can be changed by upload from a data program.

Skidd Marx 4:19 pm 16 Dec 08

All this proves is that RiotAct is part of the conspiracy. The “drought” is a hoax just like global warming and the moon landing.

poptop 3:57 pm 16 Dec 08

Genie said :

On Sunday evening the signs commanded “IT RAINED YESTERDAY SO DON’T WATER”

I thought it was awesome it was programmed to say this !!! I had a nice giggle about it too…

Me too. I have great hopes for other directives from the Borg Collective.

Genie 3:42 pm 16 Dec 08

On Sunday evening the signs commanded “IT RAINED YESTERDAY SO DON’T WATER”

I thought it was awesome it was programmed to say this !!! I had a nice giggle about it too…

caf 3:15 pm 16 Dec 08

Always good to see a baseless rumour debunked.

aidan 2:32 pm 16 Dec 08

Water use signs in perfect harmony = slow news day in the capital

“the-riotact.com sitting on the side of the road staring at relocatable information signs so you don’t have to” since 2001

Sammy 2:07 pm 16 Dec 08

I always pay them attention, and I think they’re a great way for the government to get messages out to the people.

Given how much the Gubb’mint must be paying to hire these things, why don’t they just install permanent versions on poles?

Re: updating, I would assume they have a mobile phone inside, and you just call them up and upload the message, or probably just SMS them a message. The aerial on top supports this theory.

poptop 2:04 pm 16 Dec 08

On Sunday evening the signs commanded “IT RAINED YESTERDAY SO DON’T WATER”

niftydog 2:02 pm 16 Dec 08

Wifey pointed one out the other day that said “It rained so don’t water”. This got me thinking about the effectiveness of the message; Dunno about you guys, but I no longer pay them any attention. Perhaps the message format should change every so often to keep people noticing them?

I think they should just say “YESTERDAY 12Ml OVER” or something more direct. Saves you taking your eyes off the road then doing the mental arithmetic just to get the message.

OzPhoenix 1:51 pm 16 Dec 08

I was pondering the same thing on the week-end, and then noticed on Saturday night that both the Parkway and the Adelaide Ave. ones seemed to be in sync.

I do wonder though, how are they programmed? Remotely or does some poor soul have to go around and manually update them all?

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