Sign in hotel bathroom

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Sign in hotel bathroom
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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 9:35am

Maui really believes in conservation of water. This sign or one like it was in each place we stayed.

The section the flash covered says: Make the choice and below that "A towel on the rack"

Marti

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 03-26-2012 - 1:38pm
I've been seeing a lot of those too - as well as signs that they don't change the sheets every day. Fine by me - I don't change them at home everyday either! ;)
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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 1:49pm

I agree,,,,it's not like they leave them on between customers....why CAN'T we sleep on the same sheets for four days or even a week? Sound ecological practice to avoid using all that water and power for something that isn't needed!

Marti

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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 6:04pm

Yes I've seen that too, at all the hotels I've stayed at, in the last 2 years or so.

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 7:30am

When my oldest sister was traveling in Japan (I think), she went to use the restroom and found that not only were you expected to have your own toilet paper (A kind person shared some) but there were buckets of water in the room and yiou were expected to empty ONE in to flush. She said it didn't completely wash away the waste, but was a conservation issue also.

Marti

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 10:11am
It was that way in Thailand too! We carried little packs of tissues along with us. Many places that were public-serving, like restaurants, had toilet paper, but we encountered a few where there was none - even a few where you had to pay to go in. Almost all of the toilets were ones you had to add water too to flush.

Our last week there we stayed at a nicer place (we'd been at cheap hotels, hostels, etc. until then) that had regular flushing toilets. It was quite the luxury!
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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 9:37pm

In Spain many of the public restrooms did not have toilet paper or paper towels but they did have flushing toilets, thank goodness!

At home we flush with buckets of water, sometimes. Our bathroom is pretty far from the water heater so more than 3 gallons of cold water come though the shower/tub faucet before the hot water gets there. I keep buckets just outside the bathroom and we capture a little more than 2.5 gals each time we bathe (more than that and the bucket gets very heavy). In the summer I can use all of that water outside on the container plants etc but during our rainy months I use it to flush the toilet in that bathroom. We have ULF commodes that use 1.6 gal. and that clears the bowl well, I think that the bucket method uses more water but at least it offsets some of our water usage.

At a restroom at Honolulu airport (or maybe it was Kahului) they had a flush handle with a sign indicating to pull up for liquid waste and push down for solid waste, more or less water was released depending on the direction the handle was pulled. That seemed to be an easy way to save a bit of water, assuming that people read it and followed those directions!

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:20am

I missed that sign! Never used the airport restrooms. But it's a great idea! Better then the old "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" way of conserving! Of course, there's the brick in the toilet tank, too. Yet, all of these do conserve! There is a toilet out there, not sure if it's on the regular market, that lasers the waste, liquid or otherwise. It's used in seismograph stations and the lid won't open when the process is going. Such interesting talk!

Marti

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:05pm

Actually, dh and I practice the "if its yellow its mellow" method at home

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Thu, 03-29-2012 - 10:51am
elc11 wrote:

Actually, dh and I practice the "if its yellow its mellow" method at home

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Thu, 03-29-2012 - 10:58am

I found I always had to dash to the bathroom quickly whenever a guest or visitor appeared for fear someone had used the main bath and the evidence was still there......although we still practice that method overnight after we're all set for bed so probably no one is coming.

Marti