Sunday, April 29, 2007

4 Minute Showers

We're currently in the middle of a drought. Last week, our local Sunday paper, The Sunday Mail, in partnership with the Queensland Water Commission distributed a handy 4 minute shower-timer as part of the Government's campaign to get people to reduce their shower-time to four minutes and help meet the target of 140 litres per person a day.

Apparently, if southeast Queenslanders cut their shower times from seven to four minutes, it would save 90 million litres a day, enough to fill 90 Olympic pools.

It's interesting to see how long one actually takes to have a shower. I've found that since installing the timer I take approximately 3 minutes to have a shower. I guess that's been helped by recently getting a number 1 haircut (that's the shortest setting on the clippers) so that saves some time on the hair-washing. I need only the tiniest dab of shampoo to lather up the remaining 3mm or so of hair stubble.

So there's the new advertisement campaign for the Queensland Water Commission; everyone cut your hair short to reduce the time you spend in the shower. Sure, I make that comment in jest, but who knows, things are getting pretty serious.

Having said that I bet this time next year we'll be experiencing floods.

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