I had always understood that water conservation should be attempted whatever the weather, and that it was best to ‘bath with a friend’ or take a shower. Since the only friends with whom I would like to take a bath are currently married to people who might take a dim view of my doing so, I invariably take a shower. Alone. But last week, my electric shower exploded.
On the advice of ‘Which’ magazine, I bought their ‘best buy’ electric shower; it was reassuringly expensive, professionally fitted and I even took out a 5-year warranty.
I soon discovered the meaning of the three settings. ‘Low’ means Cold. ‘Medium’ means Cold. ‘High’ means Cold unless you turn the graduated knob to about three quarters of its distance, when acceptably hot water pours out at an amazing three litres a minute, i.e. a meagre trickle.
Imagine my surprise when a call to their Customer Service department elicited the suggestion that whilst showering I ‘turn on some other taps in the house – that might make it run hotter’. Hmm. I don’t think that this particular ‘advisor’ had got the point of water conservation.
Clearly she was of the same school of thought as the many Dorset County Councillors who actually suggested that it would be in the interests of Swanage for recycling to be taken by car to Wareham recycling centre, so that the Swanage centre could be closed and turned into a …….. well, whatever daft scheme they have in store for it.
Isn’t it sad that it took a huge petition, an awful lot of lobbying, a few threats and the active involvement of several of Swanage Town Councillors for common sense to prevail. We have now been promised £2.25m to build a new centre in 2010, plus £250k p.a. to run it. Why couldn’t they have said that in the first place ?
But once again, just as I expect ‘joined up’ thinking from the manufacturers of a ‘Which Best Buy’, I expect it from County Councillors.
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