Monday, 27 February 2012

Water challenges

Life is full of challenges. For the past two and a half weeks one of ours has been living without a functioning shower in our house. Last week we discovered there was no problem with the outflow pipes from our house so we've got more adventurous in how we use the facilities on the non-functioning side of the house. For example, our recently replaced toilet will flush if you fill the cistern by bucket from our one working tap in the kitchen. Likewise it is perfectly possible to use the shower if you fill bottles of hot water in the kitchen and then proceed to pour them over yourself!

When we were back in the UK at the beginning of this month we happened to drive by Ardingly reservoir, in West Sussex. I commented at the time it looked alarmingly low. I wasn't wrong. The reports are now out that southern England is in a state of drought. I guess that will mean hose-pipe bans and the like. For us the last few weeks have been a real eye-openner to just how much water we use, or would use if it was available at the twist of a tap. For example a full toilet flush is nine litres. That's 27 cans of Coke - not that you'd use Coke but you get the idea!

And so today I made this video. I won't give too much away about its content other than to say it's only a minute and a half long and if you live in a drought hit area you should watch it because I made it with you in mind!



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