Author Topic: This Years Drought  (Read 1529 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Geoff Reid

  • Twitter: @Geoff_Reid
  • Active But Odd
  • Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 10109
  • Gender: Male
  • Bald as a chimps arse
This Years Drought
« on: May 18, 2006, 01:14:43 PM »

I heard a news report the other evening which claimed 3 billion litres of fresh tapwater are lost each and every day through leaks in the supply pipes.

If my maths is correct, (no guarantees offered), that's 3 million metric tons of water gushing away, every day....  :o :o :o

Do we take our water supply too much for granted ?.

I'm hoping that in our household we squander far less than we used to.

Moving to Swindon and finding ourselves on a water meter finally brought our water bills into the same sphere of attention as the other utility bills....paying for what you actually use, instead of a flat rate, certainly focuses the mind.  O0

I'm happy to report that we're pretty frugal with our water.....taking a 10 minute shower uses about 75% less water than a full bath, and uses less gas to heat the water.

When we replaced our tumble drier, we opted for a condenser dryer which, as the name suggests, condenses the water vapour removed from wet washing and condenses it back into water. Instead of connecting the water drain hose into the under sink waste pipe, we simply empty the condensate water into a suitable receptacle and then use if for mopping the tiled floors, washing the patio, dirty boots etc.....in fact we use it for anything apart from drinking.

We're now thinking of investing in a couple of water butts to harvest and store rainwater. It would take a fair while to recoup the expense of buying them, (although the expense isn't the real point), but does mean I could legally use my pressure washer to wash the cars and patio.....and I won't be, (illegally during the hosepipe ban) wasting drinking water where rainwater and recyled water will do perfectly......

If I could find a very cheap way of installing a secondary 'non-drinking' water storage system in the loft, I'd be very tempted to pump the harvested rain/recycled water upstairs and re-plumb our w.c's to use this instead of drinking water to flush.

I wonder what the regulations say about water types/supply for w.c's.....anyone know ?. 

In any event, the water companys might be losing a lot of pure water out of leaky pipes, but isn't it up to every one of us not to squander what does arrive at our stop cocks ?.

I was also surprised/disappointed this morning, when I saw two birds handing out Thames Water 'Beat The Drought' advice leaflets outside B&Q in Swindon.  Despite being pleasant, and clearly saying what the leaflets were about, fully 9 out of 10 people hurried past pretending not to notice them, or flatly refused to take a leaflet.

After watching this for a few minutes I wandered over and snatched her purse took one and sat in my car and read it.

I'm glad I did.......because I now feel better informed than, and just a tad angry at, the 'ostriches' that hurried past on their way to waste water.....without even thinking about it.

It seems daft that the first time they might be tempted to really think about it, is when a stand-pipe, and queue of people carrying plastic containers, appears at the end of their street. And this seems likely unless we receive some seriously heavy and prolonged rainfall.




For more information regarding this years forecasted drought, look >>Here<<




Offline johndoyle

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 136
  • Gender: Male
  • Bhi me Beidh me
    • 1st Westlea Scout Group
Re: This Years Drought
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006, 01:24:37 PM »
The BBC has a nice little website for drought info at :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4989572.stm

and the Counsumer Council for Water (???) aka OfWat have an FAQ at :

http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/aptrix/ofwat/publish.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/ccwater_drought_frequently_asked_questions/$FILE/Drought+-+Frequently+Asked+Questions.pdf

We do take our water supply for granted and need to do more to conserve/reduce.

A mind is like a parachute - it works best when open. http://www.savecoate.org.uk/

Offline johndoyle

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 136
  • Gender: Male
  • Bhi me Beidh me
    • 1st Westlea Scout Group
Re: This Years Drought
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 01:41:00 PM »
that 2nd URL didn't paste too well; hopefully this is better :

http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/aptrix/ofwat/publish.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/ccwater_drought_frequently_asked_questions/$FILE/Drought+-+Frequently+Asked+Questions.pdf
A mind is like a parachute - it works best when open. http://www.savecoate.org.uk/