|Posted by Chris Solomon on August 10, 19100 at 17:44:27:|
Mayors stress regional need to save water a bit at a time
by Chris Solomon
Call it the bully privy.
It was an odd scene: With his black cap-toe dress shoes on the mowed clover, with a dog heckling him across a fence, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell demonstrated the "tuna-can test:" His Honor set down the can. A sprinkler waved. A full can would mean enough water had been laid down for the week to keep a lawn healthy.
In summer, Seattle gets less rain than Tucson, while an average King County family of four uses 360 gallons of water daily over the season. With a growing popuation, that spells trouble in the future.
"Our whole point is that if a lot of people do a little, it can make a huge difference," said Rich Gustav, manager of resource conservation for Seattle Public Utilities.
"You can cut 10 percent off your water bill just by changing your toilet," Mosher said.
An average household would save 24 gallons of water a day, he said.
As he tightened bolts on the new head, plumber Terry Love said lots of people are skeptical of the newer toilets. They needn't be, he said.
In the kitchen nook, homeowner Tom Mar seemed a bit dazed with all that the morning had brought him: first two mayors, then several new toilets that will take some getting used to.
"It just flushes like, fooom!" said Mar, peering down at the floor in a wide-eyed show of his first encounter with the new loo. With five children and a recent two-month water and sewer bill of more than $200, he was also looking forward to seeing some savings.
"I think we'll save a lot more than 24 gallons a day, that's for sure."
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