Much of Texas is in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record, and battling very serious drought conditions. So this story caught my attention.
As a conservation measure, aÂ Brazilian environmental group is trying to get the countryâ€™s residents to urinate in the shower. The idea is simple; flushing the toilet fewer times a day saves water. A single household flushing even one less time in a day would save 1,157 gallons of waterÂ in aÂ year.
The organization evenÂ released the followingÂ ad to promoteÂ the idea. It’s in Portuguese, but it’s pretty easy to follow. It depicts people of all walks (and even aliens and King Kong) wizzing in the shower. (I particularly like the basketball player. He’s peeing, showering, and dunking all at the same time.)
Urine is sterile, so peeing in the shower is harmless, except of course, ifÂ you haveÂ a disease that can be transmitted through pee,Â like hepatitis.
So it’s confession time . . . .
Are you a shower-urinator? If not a regular, have you ever drained into the drain, so to speak? What were the circumstances? Do you conserve water in other ways?
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