If you pee during your morning shower, you’re doing mankind a favor because you’re saving precious water.
That’s what Debs Torr and Chris Dobson are telling fellow students in the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the English city of Norwich.
Let’s see now.
A drip in the shower saves a liter of flushing water. Multiply that with 15,000 students in UEA and you have enough water to irrigate a farm for a day or fill 66,000 cups for the world’s thirsty.
Or fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times in one year, according to Torr and Dobson, although we fail to see how doing that actually saves water.
Anyhow, the duo’s Go With The Flow campaign is catchy and worthy, even fun.
In exchange for pledging their allegiance to the cause on Facebook, the first people to join the project get gift vouchers.
No word whether these include portable wee containers or anything that suppresses the urge to urinate.
But we’d rather let them sell the idea.
“With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over,” Dobson was quoted by BBC News.
“Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits,” he said.
“The campaign has been really divisive — people either seem to love it or hate it.”
Dobson and Torr said they’re trying to challenge conventional behaviour and start a debate on a resource that we largely take for granted.
Also, Dobson cited a study touting the benefits of shower urination and how it can reduce health risks for people using communal showers.
“As long as the water is flowing there is no hygiene risk as urine is sterile but we would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part.”
Excuse me while I go.
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