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New water-saving plans in 2013?

Januar 8th, 2013 § 0 comments

From George Self

Before spending a year in Germany I knew that the German way of life was very eco-friendly, but I was unfamiliar with the day-to-day lifestyle differences that earned them this reputation.
After a short while I became accustomed to some of these, and even incorporated them into my own way of doing things.

One step Germans take to conserve natural resources is to limit the amount of water they use. The first time I took a shower in my German “Wohnheim”, a neighbor was waiting for me outside the bathroom to give me a stern lecture about how long my shower was. He pointed out that if everyone took five minutes less in the shower, and only showered when necessary, not every day, energy costs would shrink dramatically and water shortages would be less of an issue. He convinced me, and I didn’t miss the prolonged morning showers to wake me up.
It’s somewhat ironic that someone coming from a place where it rains all the time (Germany) had to convince someone from a desert (Texas) of the importance of conserving water. This particular instance is a good example of how progressive Germany is on environmental issues, and that we Americans have some room for improvement in that area. We’re still a long way from trading in our pick-up trucks for smart cars.
While we’re not there yet, Americans have taken some steps in limiting our water consumption. In my neighborhood, you’re only allowed to water your lawn one day a week, and only once a month during the dry summer. It’s easy for the government to enact such a policy, but the fact that there is peer pressure amongst neighbors to follow these conservation regulations shows that we are moving in the right direction. In the future it might even become socially acceptable in the U.S. not to take a shower every day, but we’re not there yet.

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