Their tax-euros at work…
That’s ‘hydrophobic’, not ‘hyrophobic’, you tax-funded crown corp journo morons evidently not possessing a spellchecker…
Some aren’t fans of the initiative, however, saying that a better solution would be to install more public toilets instead of using an expensive substance to combat the problem (for the record, it costs about €500 — or $684 CAD — to cover a six-square metre area with hydrophobic paint.)
Others point out that public urinators could simply “pee diagonally” to avoid any splash-back.
Just like playing pool, or optics: angle of incidence = angle of reflection. 😉
Save the environment, yada yada…
University students are being urged to urinate in the shower in a bid to save water.
The Go with the Flow campaign is the brainchild of students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.
They want the university’s 15,000 students to take their first wee of the day while having their morning shower.
Mr Dobson, 20, said the idea could “save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times”.
The pair want those taking part to pledge their allegiance on Facebook and Twitter and have offered gift vouchers to the first people to join the challenge.
Because they really liked Kevin Costner’s ‘Waterworld’. (j/k) 😉
OAKLAND, Calif.—California has a lot of coastline. So why all the fuss about the drought? Desalination to the rescue, right?
Not quite. The largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere is currently under construction in Carlsbad in San Diego County at great expense. The price tag: $1 billion.
Right now, San Diego is almost totally dependent on imported water from Sierra snowmelt and the Colorado River. When the desalination plant comes online in 2016, it will produce 50 million gallons per day, enough to offset just 7 percent of the county’s water usage. That’s a huge bill for not very much additional water.
Which brings us to the pee-drinking.
This year’s drought has motivated California to invest $1 billion in new money on water recycling efforts statewide, a much more cost-efficient way of increasing potable water supplies. But reusing purified sewer water for brushing your teeth is not without its own set of issues. National Journal describes the biggest holdup:
The problem with recycled water is purely psychological. Despite the fact the water is safe and sterile, the “yuck factor” is hard to get over, even if a person understands that the water poses no harm. In one often-cited experiment, researchers poured clean apple juice into a clean bedpan, and asked participants if they’d be comfortable drinking the apple juice afterwards. Very few of the participants agreed, even though there was nothing wrong with it. It’s forever associated with being “dirty,” just like recycled wastewater.
While it’s not quite correct that every glass of water contains dinosaur pee, it is true that every source of fresh water on Earth (rainfall, lakes, rivers, and aquifers) is part of a planetary-scale water cycle that passes through every living thing at one point or another. In a very real way, each and every day we are already drinking one another’s urine.
University of Calgary Wellness Centre hoped to get 501 people tested for sexually transmitted infections.
The school’s Wellness Centre co-ordinated the Pee in a Cup event to try to break the record for most people being tested for sexually transmitted infections in 24 hours at a single venue. Both of the infections they tested for — gonorrhea and chlamydia — can be detected through a urine sample.
“The biggest high-risk population is actually this population: young people in Alberta are at the highest risk of getting an STI,” said Debbie Bruckner, director of the Wellness Centre. “There are no symptoms for the two types of infections that we’re testing.”
The Wellness Centre says it is submitting documentation to Guinness to prove the event broke the previous 500-person record and will likely get official confirmation in two or three months.
“Um, so, you guys aren’t, like, also testing our pee for weed, right?” 😉