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Do NOT Flush Your Toilet, Planet Killer
It is all good and fun until we have to work just to afford flushing the loo
People should avoid flushing the lavatory if they go for a pee in order to help save water, a senior water executive has said.
Cathryn Ross, the strategy and regulatory affairs director at Thames Water, also called for people to take shorter showers to cut down on their water use.
Water companies have targets to cut per capita consumption set by Ofwat, the regulator. Most, including Thames, failed to meet those targets in 2021-22.
Ms Ross, a former chief executive of Ofwat, told The Times that water consumption levels in the UK were “unsustainable”.
“The biggest thing that everybody can do to reduce their water consumption day to day is shorter showers and not flushing the loo every time,” she said.
Around 30 per cent of home water use goes down the toilet, according to Water Wise. A regular flushing loo uses 13 litres per flush while a dual flush can use four to six litres of water.
Ms Ross also called for people to stop using hosepipes to water their gardens, saying: “If we can explain to everybody why not doing that makes a really important contribution to everybody having enough water and protecting the environment, that’s a really important message.”
Parts of England could run out of water within 20 years, according to a 2020 report by MPs on the public accounts committee, which said “ponderous” water companies had made “no progress” in reducing leakage over the last two decades. […]
The Government has called for more action from water companies, including pushing smart meters, to help reach its goal of cutting individual water use from 144 litres a day to 122 by 2038 to protect water supplies.
The use of smart meters would enable water companies to charge different tariffs for households with a high usage, known as dynamic pricing. Dynamic pricing, being encouraged by Ofwat, is being trialled by water companies including Affinity.
The regulator expects water companies to set out their plans to reach 100 per cent metering and has warned they could face penalties if they continue to miss targets to cut consumption. […]
The Government has also suggested it could ban the sale of the least efficient products, which could include power showers and dual flush loos. Water use could also be included on energy performance certificates required by homeowners and landlords when they sell a property or rent it out.
For the ones not paying attention and doing just fine right now, it is all good giggles until even an innocent upper middle class person discovers that he may need to keep working 24/7 like a maniac just to afford unlimited toilet flushing, long showers, and an occasional steak. Maybe. If he behaves.
Igor Chudov recently wrote about the WEF’s grudge against parking spaces. Fun! And then we have the notorious case for eating “ze bugs,” plans to cut our travel and general mobility down to a crawl, all in plain sight. Sorry but a conspiracy theory my arse.
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