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To Pee Or Not To Pee!

December 4, 2015

By Paul Homewood  





You can always rely on the UEA!

  1. Adrian permalink
    December 4, 2015 2:01 pm

    Damn – why didn’t you tell me earlier I just had one?

    Actually I’m getting increasingly concerned about those degrees I have with UEA crest on top – time for photoshop mebbe.

    • December 4, 2015 2:12 pm

      Adrian, I know how you feel. It is hard to one-up The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for nuttiness these days and West Virginia University is a wannabe arriving at the table later.

      Civilization has reached the point where you can be a totally unrealistic lunatic and still remain a viable part of the gene pool. We will be taxed to take care of these “wizards” who otherwise would not survive.

    • Joe Public permalink
      December 4, 2015 4:31 pm

      It’s not colloquially known as the ‘University of Easy Access’ for nothing.

  2. December 4, 2015 2:06 pm

    Wouldn’t it take more water if you showered every time you had to pee?

    • December 7, 2015 4:25 am

      Yes, but since when do green ideas make sense, They are supposed to make you believe your doing some thing for the environment even if it’s silly.

  3. December 4, 2015 2:28 pm

    Is there a water shortage in East Anglia?

    • Dave Ward permalink
      December 4, 2015 2:45 pm

      Not based on the level in my water butts, there isn’t! And the lawn is pretty “squishy” underfoot. Although Paul’s BBC link is from October last year – I can’t remember what it was like then…

      • AndyG55 permalink
        December 4, 2015 7:10 pm

        “And the lawn is pretty “squishy” underfoot.”

        Don’t pee on it so much then. !

  4. Dorian permalink
    December 4, 2015 2:44 pm

    I can see where this is going….

    Let’s just ban toilets all together. All human waste has to be recycled!

    If you think it stinks now, in San Francisco and Paris, wait until the toilets are banned.

    Dark Ages are coming back….no one will shower, no more toilets, and we all have to eat just beans again, do I have to be any more explicit?

    • December 4, 2015 2:58 pm

      I’m with you, Dorian. Thinking along your lines about my lines which are 2 of the Surety Barons and William Marshal from Magna Carta,1215. I’ve done a lot of reading on that period, leading up to my trip to Runnymede for June 15 and since returning. One bath a year which was followed 9 months later by births. Coincidence? Using the UEA shower logic, does that mean you only peed once a year? Unlikely.

      I’ve been laughing so hard, tears are flowing. I probably should be crying that we are taking this garbage seriously and tainting higher education with it.

      This article should be the one entitled “Comic Relief,” or “Loons on Parade.”

  5. December 4, 2015 3:44 pm

    This will leave Kevin Anderson (professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) in a quandary. Will he have to cut back on peeing as well as cutting back on showering?

    It would appear that the UEA students are proof of the effects of a dumbing down of the education system.

  6. Randy permalink
    December 4, 2015 4:00 pm

    Maybe for drought stricken areas, otherwise it’s unnecessary.

  7. December 4, 2015 4:06 pm

    Showers are very wasteful of both water and energy, not as bad as baths, but much worse than the “bare” minimum, a kettle of hot water, a sink, and a plastic storage container to stand in.

    Another idea is communal showers, invite your neighbours to join you when taking one.

    How about not flushing after every pee, what is the minimum flushing rate consistent with health regulations?

    I think this needs a grant for more research, done by overseas fee-paying students. There you have a summary of how our universities work today.

    • December 7, 2015 4:31 am

      So much for living in the modern world if you can feel good about saving the planet. surely people are smarter than this.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      December 7, 2015 9:10 am

      When we have water restriction down here , we have saying..

      “If its yellow.. let it mellow.

      If its brown.. flush it down.”

      Thankfully the brown happens often enough that the yellow doesn’t get too mellow. !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Retired Dave permalink
    December 4, 2015 5:36 pm

    This is what you get when half the school leavers go to university. They of course don’t want to pay for it and think that the other half who don’t go to university should pay for it.

    Seriously – I believe that Germany has already had problems from the years of low water content flushing WCs. Drains not getting enough throughput so to speak and blockages occurring.

    Perhaps the problem is that we decided a long time back to flush excrement down the loo with purified drinking water. We do not have a shortage of water, just a shortage of catching and storing it when it falls from the sky. Systems exist to harvest rainfall and deliver it to your toilets straight off your house roof – some even use only gravity to do so. This saves roughly half your annual bill if you use it in the washing machine as well. You will be a while getting your money back but the UK doesn’t have to build any new reservoirs. The water companies will love it – oh wait a minute.

    Mind you, we are still waiting for Julia Slingo to decide whether climate change will mean more or less rainfall – where are we on that at the minute?

  9. December 4, 2015 7:49 pm

    No doubt the Feminazi section of UEA Students Union would protest at the sexist implications, but thousands of UK men have probably used waterless urinals – at McDonalds.

    They’re for standing-room only, so women squatters will continue to waste more water than their other-gendered counterparts.

  10. December 4, 2015 8:35 pm

    Pardon me, but isn’t the point of civilization to have food, water, electricity, heat, etc.? It is high time to tell the hand-wringing environmentalist crowd to go back to their rock and crawl under it. We, on the other hand, would like to have a shower or bath, wash our clothes, eat our food of choice, drive the car we wish, be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, have lights at night without their butting in to run out lives and beat us into joining their personal misery. Buzz off!

  11. manicbeancounter permalink
    December 4, 2015 10:03 pm

    It is worth reading the water savings. They calculate if all 15000 students peed in the shower every day it could save every year the equivalent of 26 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water. Now the assumption that all students shower every day might be contradicted by empirical research. But if it were true it is an impressive figure. Or is it? An Olympic swimming pool is 25*50*2 metres, or 2500 cubic metres, containing 2500 tonnes or 2,500,000 litres of water. That is a a saving of 65,000 m3 per year. Impressive?
    Anglian Water, the local water supplier owns Grafham Water a reservoir near Cambridge. This has a capacity of 57,800,000 m3. So that saving is equivalent to 0.11% of that capacity of that reservoir. Anglian Water also own Rutland Water with a capacity of 124,000,000 m3.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      December 4, 2015 10:24 pm

      Empirical evidence suggests that when I pee in the shower, it lengthens my shower time by about 30-40 seconds.

      Since I use a low flush toilet, it is quite possible there will be a net increase in water usage.

      Anyway.. I always “sit” before I have my shower in the morning, so its highly unlikely I would have the ability to pee in the shower.

      Is that too much information ?? !

      • December 4, 2015 10:38 pm

        “Is that too much information ?? !” Definitely.

  12. Adrian permalink
    December 5, 2015 12:58 pm

    Excellent, what people just on the floor at McDonalds? First class comment on the place I say.

    Almost regret being a veggies now. But I’ll remember that next time I’m bursting.

    Do you actually have to go in or can you just through the door?

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