Water conservation

11 Dec

Texas suffered a mighty drought, this past year, ended only after atheists joined in Houston for a mighty conference.  (Strangely enough, all Rick Perry‘s public prayers yielded was publicity, no rain, only some very unholy wildfires.  Hmm…)

NPR had a recent “article” on the technology of toilets, how recent they are, how much water they use, and long it’s been since the design was significantly changed, at least here in the States.

Meanwhile, horses and cats do quite well and quite cheaply leaving their waste in pelleted bits of pine sawdust.  Fast as pine trees grow, they’ve become an industry staple for mass produced furniture and construction lumber.  Shavings on the floor are used for paper and pellets.  The used pellets (which, when wet, break back down to shavings and sawdust) are so biodegradable as to be compostable.  Maybe we should market it for human litter.

When I was young, Lysol, the famous disinfectant/cleaner, had TV commercials competing with PineSol, a product that smelled about the same and claimed its disinfecting and cleaning strength actually came from Pine.  It leaves me wondering if pine pellets would better control fecal microbes than the drinking water our toilets fill with.

I imagine a day when pine is used, commodes are lined with bags that hold multiple uses and stay strong until sprayed with some activator, and the disposal system is a series of small, local landfills turned compost heaps.  Water is just too precious to waste.  And with all the vitamins and minerals some take, might as well sanitize the stuff and return it to good use.  It could at least fertilize new forest growth.

I doubt plumbers will miss dealing with clogged toilets.

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