2007-12-01

Water conservation gone amuck

The water conservation tips from Athens-Clarke County have gotten more and more desperate. Now I'd say they're out of hand. Let's take a look at some of them:

To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower. This one contradicts other tips we've been given. First of all, if we're not supposed to run the water in the sink while brushing our teeth or anything else, how is doing that while running the shower going to save water? Second of all, the thought of brushing teeth in the shower is seriously wacky, and I don't think I'd like to have minty foam running down any sensitive body parts.

Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks. I don't see how that saves any water at all.

Shave your face or legs less frequently to save water. You don't have to tell Athenians twice. Take a stroll on the west side of College Square, and you'll be reminded of how much water our community has been saving for years!

Don’t waste a toilet flush. Drop tissues and other garbage in the trash instead of flushing and save gallons every time. This is the signal of the end of civilization as we know it. I know they're at least suggesting to throw away a snot tissue, and a writer in the Flagpole has dared to suggest putting urine tissues in the trash. But we're not talking about living like the Greeks or Caribbeans and binning our fecal tissues, are we? Are we? Because we're going to need a few more tips to figure out how to do that, like where to get sealed containers for these tissues.

Post your own water conservation tips here.

4 comments:

Athens101 said...

I wonder who uses all this H2O. I don't know the gallon amount but my highest water bill was $12.

Christopher Byrne said...

You have never taken a military shower, eh? :-)

The water in the fridge makes perfect sense. Instead of waiting for the water to get cold enough to drink from the faucet (and being wasted), you have cold water waiting in the fridge.

Jmac said...

Does your water come out that warm?

Does it actually get colder if you run it longer?

Christopher Byrne said...

That is one of those "Depends on the situation" kind of questions. It is just a behaviour many people, including myself, have.