Water conservation during drought
Original post made by PA Utilities Customer on Feb 27, 2014
Apart from the cost of all this, I find it all a bit of an insult. we have been doing all sorts of low water measures for several years. We already have low flush toilets, low pressure showers, low water usage washer, etc. We don't water our yard as much as we would like and always set the sprinklers for night time. We have instant hot water tanks to save running showers several minutes before the water heats up.
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.
Yes, it gets a little ridiculous, doesn't it?
Why should we be the ones to continue to reduce our usage when we see our parks waterlogged all year round from overwatering? Why should California farmers still grow rice, alfalfa and other high water usage crops, and then export them outside the state? Why should ski resorts continue to use water to make snow?
I will do my part in a sensible way as I have been. I only hope the powers that be do the same as I have not seen any action on their part.
on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:40 am
Forgot to add the last idea for less consumption
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).
on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:43 am
My aunt and uncle in their mid-80's live so frugally, it is almost a religion. But they must drink a lot of water as should most people. They got two invasive letters from the Utility police re: their water usage. Scared them. My aunt wondered if they could be fined!! NO WAY could they have used that much water a month. I checked the meter. There is nothing leaking. Yet I saw sprinklers running at a recently sold and empty house. I see water wasted all over town. How much is this nosey Utility human getting to send out these nasty-notes - and what doe it cost to 'get the data' - faulty as it is. What makes it even more outrageous is that all this costs more Utilities money as does the endless 'junk mail' we get. In the mailbox, into the recycle box, Somebody has to straighten out the Utility Dept., the most disliked function of the city. Didn't used to be that way.
on Feb 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm
Come, Come, now. I'm sure somebody can come up with some other useful tips.