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Toiletbowl Conservation

From: Shana S. Weber, Ph.D.
Length: 04:09

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A sustainability professional explores water-saving dual-flush toilets.

Default-piece-image-1 There's nothing like bathroom humor to lighten up the office atmosphere. Sustainability professional Shana Weber, working at a major university, spearheads a program to test water-saving toilet technologies. After installing two dual-flush models for a trial run, she collects impressions from co-workers.

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There's nothing like bathroom humor to lighten up the office atmosphere. Sustainability professional Shana Weber, working at a major university, spearheads a program to test water-saving toilet technologies. After installing two dual-flush models for a trial run, she collects impressions from co-workers.

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scary toilet humor

This radio piece talks about something that is taboo but needs to be talked about for the sake of the environment… toilets. The Narrator discusses how we are wasting great amounts of perfectly good drinking water for something that doesn’t need that clean of water. She mentions how we could use recycled water from our showers and sinks but does not elaborate on that as much as I would have liked. The main solution she discusses is a toilet that has a flush for number one and a stronger flush for number two, the toilet would use less water on the type one flush. At the college she worked out it would save about 10,000 gallons a day if every one used the two flush system. Of course people brought up points with element of humor about the toilet device. She could’ve gone into so much more detail into the conflict of toilets in the world by showing facts about how much water toilets really use. This is a fun piece although it feels like the narrator just dipped her toes into the odd and fun world of toilets.
-EEB member, Conor Cole

Broadcast History

Aired nationally on EcoTalk with Betsy Rosenberg. Air America Radio network, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006

Transcript

Script:

[flush]

That?s a sound most of us hear every day. Chance are you are pampered by the presence of the porcelain throne and the massive infrastructure that goes along with it.

[tap water]

Now that?s drinking water from my kitchen sink. It?s the same water used to flush my toilet. Seems like a waste. So why don?t we use collected rainwater? Or filter and re-use the water from our sinks and showers? In some cases that?s exactly what we?re doing. But that infrastructure has not yet reached most of the millions of homes in this country. So what do we do in the meantime?

I am fortunate to work as a sustainability professional at a major university. My job is to help the institution as a whole be environmentally responsible. This means I?m involved in the design of buildings, the consideration of products we buy and waste we create, curriculum design, and strategizing how...
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Timing and Cues

Host intro: Sustainability professional Shana Weber, working from a major university on the East Coast, investigates the practicalities and humor surrounding the topic of super low-flow toilets installed for a test-run in her workplace.

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www.shanaweber.com