Students are being urged at the University of East Anglia to take their first wee of the day in the shower, but Bournemouth are yet to join this trend.
The “Go with the Flow” idea is hoping to save water as part of a campaign at UEA.
Theresa McManus, Project Co-ordinator at Slades Farm, an eco-friendly community garden in Bournemouth says,
Being wasteful of any resource is very irresponsible.
Mrs McManus acknowledged the fact that nowadays we, “have all become very used to having plentiful, cheap and good quality water, and so many of us have become wasteful,” by everyday occurrences such as flushing toilets unnecessarily, watering lawns and having long showers.
Despite the stigma around the idea of weeing in the shower Mrs McManus said she has “no problem with this except that urine is also a precious resource which we are wasting.”
Mrs McManus believes urine could really benefit the environment as it is a compost activator.
If everybody who had a garden put their urine on their compost heaps, not only would a massive amount of water be saved, but their compost would be really good.
Sarah Ardin, a graduate from Bournemouth University who is now a National Management Trainee, working on environmental projects believes that UEA’s campaign is a great idea, “I believe that any environmental movement which challenges preconceptions and traditions is a worthwhile project.”
Miss Ardin also believes that the controversy of the campaign could reach a wider audience,
“The scheme could get people discussing, joking or debating about what they will do to be more ‘green’; the more people recognising environmental issues the better.”
According to Bournemouth Council with a 25% increase in population during the Summer season Bournemouth’s water resources are put under extra pressure and its seems that by not flushing the toilet urine could benefit the environment as well as saving water, but will Bournemouth be supporting this idea?
Reece Pope VP Welfare Officer for the Student Union at Bournemouth University SUBU said,
I think there are a lot more sanitary ways to save water such as getting the blocks that fit into the siphons in toilets. I don’t think it needs to be the case of peeing in the shower. It sounds quite disgusting.
The current Environmental officer at Bournemouth University Stefan Haas gave his view on the “Go with the Flow” campaign,
Bournemouth University appear to acknowledge the need to save water but understand that not everyone will be to keen on the thought of weeing in the shower.
If the 15,000 students from UEA all participated, Debs Torr and Chris Dobson (who are behind the campaign) have suggested that it could save enough water to fill an Olympic swimming pool to be filled 26 times over in a year.
Final year student Hannah Hollingsworth from UEA says she won’t be tempted to save water in this way,
I wouldn’t do it, it’s so random. I can see why boys would, but definitely not girls.
Rachel Johns graduated from UEA this summer and is shocked at the recent suggestion;
@SarahNatasha_ There are two different facilities for a reason.
— Rachel Johns (@RachelJ123) October 10, 2014
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