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What do we think about roadside water usage signage?

By johnboy - 21 July 2008 66

One of the more striking things about moving back to Canberra is the roadside signage letting drivers know how the city as a whole is doing with keeping water usage at manageable levels.

Good community service? Or statist propaganda the Vietnamese Communists would be proud of?

And what other messages could we have with these signs? Electrical carbon footprint? Assaults in Civic overnight?

Water usage signs are...

  • Rank propaganda! (47%, 86 Votes)
  • A brilliant idea! (53%, 97 Votes)

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What do we think about roadside water usage signage?
Pesty 1:37 pm 21 Jul 08

oddball508 said :

Why not make it a bit more compedative. Canberra seems to love the North vs South. so why not calculate each areas water allocation and then show their daily percentage of use for that allocation. Maybe a bit of competition will result in the required cutting down of use.

Rediculous! All the southsiders will be sneaking around the northside burbs turning on every tap in sight the moment the sun goes down! Thats if they can budge them of course, as the north siders have certainly not used them in yonks!

Ralph 1:33 pm 21 Jul 08

No need for us to wait for the other recalitrant states to get on board, we can do it now, if the government were serious (which it isn’t).

bugalugs 1:30 pm 21 Jul 08

Good on you Ralph!

I’m sure you were pleased to see the SEC curtail naked short selling! Capitalists are happy when the regaulation is done to help them

I agree though it should be priced appropriately but that means a fully integrated and priced national water grid

Ralph 1:27 pm 21 Jul 08

Just more attempts from the green movement to curtail our freedoms.

Price it appropriately and let people judge themselves how they conserve water.

johnboy 1:27 pm 21 Jul 08

Yes indeed, striking.

Feel free to make a positive contribution.

bugalugs 1:25 pm 21 Jul 08

But striking?

I suppose you have been taking on the world from Geroa/Gerringong, so these signs must seem a little small town to you

johnboy 1:23 pm 21 Jul 08

bugalugs said :

Striking – wow, road signs!

Because road signs stick to road messages elsewhere.

Hence my point about what other worthy messages could be displayed in this fashion.

oddball508 1:20 pm 21 Jul 08

Why not make it a bit more compedative. Canberra seems to love the North vs South. so why not calculate each areas water allocation and then show their daily percentage of use for that allocation. Maybe a bit of competition will result in the required cutting down of use.

bugalugs 1:18 pm 21 Jul 08

Additionally………

What a small world Johnboy must live in – “One of the more striking things about moving back to Canberra”

Striking – wow, road signs!

bugalugs 1:15 pm 21 Jul 08

well it is common knowledge that water restrictions actually encourage people to use more water however I don’t see an alternative.

Seriously some people are deluded – I think social engineering is only attempted in dictatorships.

The closest we have come to social engineering in Australia is the “white australia policy”

S4anta 1:09 pm 21 Jul 08

I see them as similar to high visibility policing. If the public has proof of the pudding, they will stay in their sleeping bags taking heroin, or playing WoW as the tag line suggests.

bugalugs 1:08 pm 21 Jul 08

Exactly crazyfish!

I also find it interesting how weekend usage always spikes as well the very warm days of summer etc.

cmdwedge 1:07 pm 21 Jul 08

bugalugs said :

I’m wondering why anyone in their right mind would consider it propaganda?

I can’t see how it is promoting a message one way or another?

Here is a better idea – Let’s not have any water restrictions or community notifIcation until the day we run out of water

Or how about this backwards goverment realises that more people = need for more water capacity.

I like the signs being there, but I do take the numbers displayed with a pinch of salt. Whilst I can understand that the target will drop in winter months, the ‘yesterday’ number seems random. Sometimes it will change from day to day, sometimes not. A part of me thinks that if they state the usage as being ‘just over’ the target, people will conserve water more. If we were consistently hitting the target or below, people would be more inclined to ‘waste’ water.

It may well be less about informing people, and more about social engineering.

crazyfish 1:05 pm 21 Jul 08

When I first saw these signs I thought it was one very good idea in terms of raising peoples awareness around water conservation. I look for them every day on my way home and find it interesting to mentaly correlate the weather, day of the week etc with the previous days usage. I certainly don’t see it as propoganda!

bugalugs 12:56 pm 21 Jul 08

I’m wondering why anyone in their right mind would consider it propaganda?

I can’t see how it is promoting a message one way or another?

Here is a better idea – Let’s not have any water restrictions or community notifIcation until the day we run out of water

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