Post by Anne B Post by J. P. Gilliver (John) Post by Jenny M Benson Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
I have three bottles of water we were issued by the local water
company when we had a cutoff a few months ago - it was only a day or
two, and to me it seemed an over-reaction in one sense, and
inadequate in another (it was more than enough for drinking, but not
really enough for washing and certainly not for flushing). I'd like
to give them back (since I didn't in fact use any); they're sitting
on a shelf in my 'fridge for the moment as I have the space, but
I'll have to throw them out eventually.
Why not drink the water and recycle the bottles?
Just seems wrong to drink it when I have water! But I would indeed
recycle the bottles.
Seems even more wrong to let it go to waste and/or take up space in the
Houseplants? Garden plants? Bath?
I have one houseplant, an amaryllis/hippeastrum which puts out its
ridiculous (but very pleasing) Tannoy-like flowers every year around
March/April; that lives by my sink when not flowering, and gets waste
water daily anyway. The garden - the marigold field seems to thrive
regardless, the buddleia and lavender likewise; the only plant that
needs watering, in hot weather, is the hydrangea, and that needs a
dishbowl of water a day or more when it's really hot and dry in summer
to stop its flowerheads going brown, so three bottles wouldn't go far.
(I don't have a bath here, and am not sure how I'd use them in the
Really, it just seemed to me a waste (of water-rate-payers' money) to
automatically and instantly dish out this bottled water. (We were only
off for part of a day.)
It could be that it's just that my neighbours were too efficient in the
distribution (I didn't have to go to the distribution point; soon after
the pallet or whatever of bottles appeared here, someone had brought me
my allocation). Maybe if those who didn't need it urgently had _not_
collected theirs (and not had them delivered), those remaining
uncollected would have been reclaimed by the water company. Though I
somehow rather doubt it.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
"In the _car_-park? What are you doing there?" "Parking cars, what else does one
do in a car-park?" (First series, fit the fifth.)