By Braddah Lance
We've all seen it time and time again, in fact we've seen commericals and heard it on the radio from time to time, but do you do anything about it unless it affects you directly?
What I'm talking about is a leaking faucet.
Doesn't seem like much but there are two things - and two things only - that it does affect: our precious water resources and our pocketbooks.
The first, we don't get to "touch" or "see" directly so when people mention water, it's in one ear and out the other. As far as it hitting your pocketbook, it depends if you pay the bill or not - although we're ALL affected by the cost whether you want to believe it or not.
So why is it that such a simple thing goes unattended to so often? Is it just because you're not directly affected? Or maybe you just don't care.
I make payment on our water bill at home and I see the water bill at work and believe me, the thousands of gallons used just doesn't seem possible - and when you're paying for "per gallon" use, that suckah adds up!
For the longest time (since late last year), one of the men's bathroom had a constant leak. It always puzzled me why the faucet would always run and run - especially in these hard economic times when saving every penny means if you'll have a job or not.
Everybody moans and groans about cutting cost and pinching where they can so why wouldn't such a simple thing as turning off a faucet be such a chore?
Well it must be because it went on for months! Everytime I'd go into the bathroom (drink lots of water and tea so I go often), the faucet was already "on". It would range from a simple drip to a steady stream and I'd always turn it off with just a simple turn and be on my way.
I emailed the maintenance supervisor and spoken to another maintenance crew directly about the problem but it never got fixed until one day a couple months ago I got fed up and posted a sign........
Did it help?
Nope. It went on for a few more weeks.
People still didn't catch the hint even with this sign taped directly over the affected sink!
Wassap Wit Dat!
Finally, I emailed the building supervisor a few weeks ago and one of the maintenance guys comes over and says,
Maintenance: "The faucet is ok. I turned it off."
BL: "I know the faucet is ok but because it doesn't shut off properly, it constantly leaks."
Maintenance: "All you have to do is turn it a little more and it won't leak."
BL: "I know that. I even put up a sign saying to do that but who ever uses the sink doesn't twist it hard enough."
Maintenance: "It shuts off ok if you turn it off all the way."
BL: "Look, all it takes is a 25 cent washer to fix so twisting it shouldn't be so hard. People aren't turning it off all the way for a reason and it's probably just a worn washer. The faucet leaks so can you just fix it?"
A couple of hours later it's fixed and the sign came down.
I can't understand why people who use the faucet couldn't turn it off even with a sign asking them to? I can't understand why the maintenance crew who service the bathroom never fixed it or mentioned it to someone who could being that they seen it everyday? I mean seriously, would you let that faucet run and run in your own home?
I can't even imagine how many hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons were wasted.
And every now and again I see this which totally grosses me out,
I think it's mustache and/or nose hair clippings but why - WHY?! - can't who ever does this clean it up?!? Ugh.
Even the lights are off in the bathroom and while it wasn't my idea, since it was off and we had enough natural lighting, I always left it off - just made sense. It must have made sense back in the day too because there's a really really old sticker on the light switch.....
You know me, I'd do anything to help out but especially if it means that I can do whatever I can to save my job - any job for that matter - so it frustrates me when I see things that can be controled not controled.
What have you or your company done to help control costs that can be controled? Switch to one-ply?
So turn off the lights when not needed, unplug your chargers when not in use, fix your leaky faucets but most of all....... just care.
Care for yourself and care for others and we'll all live better for it.