Nagging saves water.Wash those dishes. Turn off that water while you brush your teeth. No, you may NOT have a bath tonight! Wait, what? According to an article in the NY Times, San Francisco residents saved a significant amount of water through community policing. In other words, nagging. Just like mom and dad used to do. While we prefer a team approach, the City of San Francisco is benefiting from a community culture that no longer tolerates wasteful use of water. Self-policing at home and in neighborhoods across the City is working. In fact, neighbors are pointing the finger at each other, even turning folks in to the City for violating water restrictions.
It’s not just Californians getting into the act. One mom is Brooklyn is using the news to remind her own sons that water is a precious resource that we must conserve. “Don’t dump that bucket,” Tara Lindis tells her sons. “Boys in California don’t get to have water balloon fights like you!” It’s getting a little personal. Wives regulating the length of showers. Friends refusing to flush toilets during dinner parties, telling their hosts, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.” Husbands refusing to water the lawn (although some admit they just hate lawn work.) Boys going days without baths (we can hear the joy now). Daughters telling their moms not to shave their legs in the shower. It is working, though. After years of trying to do it the nice way, by encouraging community activism, water usage in San Francisco has been reduced by nearly 20%. We’d rather make you a sweet offer to encourage water savings. But heck, we all need to protect our water resources by whatever means necessary. Pure and simple. Click to read the full article referenced here: A Culture of Nagging Helps Californians Save Water.
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