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on Feb 27, 2014
For political and legal reasons, we will never have mandatory water cutbacks but something more effective than voluntary 10% reductions would be graduated pricing of water based on use. Set a base price and allotment for each member of a household and then escalate the price from there.
So I have come up with some ideas to help us all save more water.
All men and boys to pee on the lawns and landscaping. This will work double as it will save flushing and save outside watering.
All laundry taken to the local Laundromat so we use their water, not ours.
All showers to be taken at gym or swimming pool, same reason.
All poops to be done at work or school, same reason.
Forget about handwashing for hygiene as it uses too much water, use hand sanitizer instead.
All women to go to spa and beauty salon weekly to save water.
All teeth and cooking to be done with bottled water - local California spring water of course.
All meals to be served on paper plates, drinks to be consumed from disposable containers, etc. All food to be bought ready to serve so that no water needed for preparation, or cleanup.
Build less homes in Palo Alto, then less water customers and more for the rest of us to share around.
All my ideas for less home consumption are tongue in cheek of course (in case anyone thought otherwise).
@PA Utilities Customer,
"Build less homes in Palo Alto, then less water customers and more for the rest of us to share around."
That's actually a serious idea.
Why we should focus on greening existing buildings rather than building new ones
"In an era of LEED-certified construction and growing concern for sustainability, it comes as a surprise that constructing new, energy-efficient buildings can be less eco-friendly than renovating old ones."
"It's better for the environment to renovate rather than demolish a house like this old one, according to a new report." "Building materials and processes are highly energy intensive, and new homes can use four to eight times more resources than an equivalent renovation. So building anew with new materials, however good the long-run energy efficiency of the building in use, has major energy, carbon and…environmental impacts,"
"Environmentalists have begun to embrace the idea that new, cutting-edge eco buildings don't necessarily promise the best route to sustainability. Old buildings do. Rehabilitating them is considerably less wasteful and more realistic than replacing them all together." and "Residential redevelopment creates more jobs than new construction does."
New construction is also a water intensive endeavor in and of itself.
Why are there always sirens on rainy days? Why can't Californians handle the rain? Even wet roads throw them off. Maybe it has to do with the lax drivers training rules. Online learning and hardly any training. When I grew up here, the driver's ed car would be at Paly after school and we would take off for an hour and a half. Of course, we had hardly any homework back then.
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