Really.... Is It That Hard?

May 28th, 2009
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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?   :lol:

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.

 

 

 

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25 Responses to “Really.... Is It That Hard?”

  1. zzzzzz:

    I try to limit the amount of printing I do. When I have to print a multi-page document, I make sure to use the duplex printer so I can print on both sides. And I turn off the banner sheet whenever I print.

    I'm like you about things like water and electricity. If a toilet is leaking, I'll shut off the water to that toilet and tell our facilities manager; sometimes I'll even tell him what he needs to fix the toilet. And I constantly turn off lights--a lot of times when I go to my kids' school, the outside lights are on during the day. WWD?!?! I'm training my kids to turn off the lights whenever they see that.


  2. Kage:

    I guess people are so used to the automatic faucets that they do not think of turning it off completely.

    That hair thing is just too gross. WWD?!
    Who would trim their hair at work? There are some personal hygiene things that should only be taken care of at home. The hair looks like it is dark and white mix.... hey, BL, isn't your hair.....oh, neva mind. nah.


  3. B:

    yep! wat is up wit dat? maybe should trim maintenance staff to balance da cost of da water bill. we seem to be so caught up in ourselves we no care about nothing else, just like da person leaving da hairs all ova.

    kuleana, take responsibility fo wat you do. da ainokea no count nothin already.


  4. KAN:

    Yuck. Sometimes people just can't clean up after themselves. Yo maddah no work heah - so clean up arready!

    We recycle like mad in Seattle. The City will fine you if more than 10% of your trash consists of recyclable materials (and we can recycle a LOT here, including food waste). But I still see people throw stuff out because they're too lazy to sort recyclable stuff into a different container. Lose money (literally).


  5. Braddah Lance:

    zzzzzz:
    I try to limit the amount of printing I do.

    Us too - or at least our department. We even go as far reprinting on "used" paper.

    --a lot of times when I go to my kids' school, the outside lights are on during the day. WWD?!?! I'm training my kids to turn off the lights whenever they see that.

    I noticed that too at schools. I know it's on a timer but still. :roll:
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    Kage:
    I guess people are so used to the automatic faucets that they do not think of turning it off completely.

    Come to think of it, I see a ton more auto faucets on the mainland than here.... I wondah how come?

    There are some personal hygiene things that should only be taken care of at home. The hair looks like it is dark and white mix.... hey, BL, isn't your hair.....oh, neva mind. nah.

    :lol: The "dark" hair is still too light so negative on it being mine. :lol: Good try.
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    B:
    we seem to be so caught up in ourselves we no care about nothing else, just like da person leaving da hairs all ova....kuleana, take responsibility fo wat you do. da ainokea no count nothin already.

    Rogah Dat!
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    KAN:
    We recycle like mad in Seattle. The City will fine you if more than 10% of your trash consists of recyclable materials

    Wow! The key is being that people need to just be a bit more conscience. I've even cut up my post-its to "double" the amount. :sad: We just got our recycle bin and Da Wife makes surah dat wat evah we can throw in there, goes in there.


  6. 9th Island Girl:

    :)

    Your stories are so cute! Well, the hair clippings are gross, but I mean your putting up the signs for the faucet and light.

    I get crazy when my husband leaves the water running when he's brushing his teeth. I stare at the running water and look at him. He tries to avoid my eyes. I sing the "E malama i ka wai" song and he rolls his eyes. Now my daughter says, "Water is a precious resource!"

    I do the "turn off the light when you leave the room" bit, and it makes my husband crazy, especially when we're going back and forth doing something.


  7. Ocean Lover:

    WOW! If I didn't know better I'd have thought you came into the MEN'S bathroom over here! I always see the water RUNNING and nobody around and that pic of the "lil hairs" (nose?) I've ALSO SEEN THAT! Is this some joker who gets "his jollies" thinking "I'm gonna gross out who sees this next" and doesn't CLEAN UP after himself??????

    Kinda like the jerks that LEAVE THEIR CRAP in the crapper.

    OL


  8. King Katonk:

    Since I have a vested interest in rental properties this topic really hits home. My partners and I own several units throughout SoCal. Before anyone gets too excited let me tell you that it is not as glamorous as folks perceive. Anyway, since we cover the water expense it is always prudent to keep an eye on things; but sometimes you have to wonder about people.

    On one occasion a tenant called to tell us her kitchen faucet was leaking. Since I had plans scheduled for the weekend I asked her if I could come by on Monday to take a look at the problem. She said she would be at work so it would be fine. When I walked into the apartment I was expecting a few melodic drips from the faucet. What I didn’t expect the water going full blast; think Waimea Falls in the winter. Thank goodness the drain was clear else we would be looking at Katrina part II. I eventually replaced the entire unit; problem solved. I asked the lady how long the water had been running like that she responded, “Since Friday.” Dumbfounded, I asked her why she didn’t just shut the valve underneath the sink she responded, “I figured you were coming out on Monday so I didn’t think it was necessary to do anything.” To add a strange twist this woman is a lawyer; I guess her practice doesn't cover common sense.


  9. King Katonk:

    The second incident happened a few years ago when we received an enormous water bill for one of our rentals. The fee was incredibly high for just a small duplex. This place is a little out of our way so we do not check on it as frequently as we should. On this occasion I went to take a look inside the units and everything seemed o.k. As I proceeded to the backyard I thought I was in the middle of Kansas. These tenants were growing all types of produce; lettuce, tomatoes, corn, carrots, etc. In addition they were taking the excess goods and selling them at the local farmers market for a profit. One can only imagine how much water they were using. It’s a good thing they weren’t growing rice or watercress.

    Yes, we are idiot landlords who have no one to blame but ourselves. We are the ones who waste resources and not our tenants. And people wonder why there are slumlords.


  10. roach:

    BL,

    If its nose hairs in that picture, the guy must have a forest growing in his nostrils.
    I always wonder about guys that leave their mess (i.e. unflushed toilets, trash on the floor, cigarette butts on the sink), do they do that at home too? I pity his wife and kids, if he does.
    Is it just the lighting or is the bathroom at work that old and dingy ?


  11. jaydee:

    I'm with you BL. Some people here at work are so clueless. In the restroom there's paper towels scattered all over the place....and the trashcan is right there empty! WWD?!!!

    After I wash my hands I use my paper towels to pick up all the ones left on the counter, floor, everywhere! I'd hate to see what their homes look like!

    There's a group of people here at work called "The Lean Team". Their job is to find ways to improve efficiency and cut costs. So far from what I've observed they've created nothing but headaches and confusion! I think they need a "Lean Team" to study the "Lean Team"! Hah!


  12. Rosette:

    yes so if the water is in shortage what would you do? do you guy have the moments in time when all of the udden water is shut off for a whole city..yes I remember in Philippines water will be shut off for certain time then you better get your water line up in the pump.

    Anyway maybe they should change the faucet to auto so it will shut itself off.


  13. Rosette:

    well a dud of a guy clipping his hair...so now you relaize you work with all sorts of nonsense people!


  14. UH Baseball Fan:

    BL,

    You too funny...I try and do things to help out my Company, but when you do not get cooperation from your co-workers what can you do...you can get pissed off or just continue to try and do your part. I look at this like recycling...pretty much everyone knows that recycling is good for the environment, but do they? Nope, so what can you do...just go about your merry way and do your part to save the planet...

    In a nutshell, I feel that if you are worried about a leakly faucet at work or someone using too much toilet paper or other office supplies, because you feel your job may be in trouble, I think you got to start looking for another job. Cause the Company you work for must be in real bad shape to be worried about conserving water and/or office supplies. True, all Companies are trying to find ways to cut back on cost, but really water and office supplies...if saving hundreds of dollars a month on water and office supplies will mean the Company can stay afloat for a little while longer, I think it's time to cut bait and start looking out for number #1 yourself and your family...cause do you think the Company you work for will give you any assurance (just because you were trying to do your part by conserving water) come chopping block time...I don't think so...


  15. acuradriver02:

    BL - glad to see you getting back in the flow of things.

    I agree completely with you. It actually irritates me to see things like that. I've even seen the faucet left running at full blast a few times in the men's room, here in the hospital. Such a simple thing, but some people just can't be bothered. Even things like recycling, it really doesn't take much effort, but I don't understand why we can't get 100% recycling here.

    Now that I have a kid, I think of the ramifications of my action or inaction on my daughter's future. There's already some thought that water will become a commodity that wars will be fought over in the future, and to think how some people just waste it. I try to conserve water & electricity + recycle, hoping it'll keep the planet a decent place for my daughter to live in.


  16. Braddah Lance:

    9th Island Girl:
    I get crazy when my husband leaves the water running when he's brushing his teeth.

    I used to do that when I was way younger until I kept seeing commercials to turn it off so I finally listened. :grin:

    I do the "turn off the light when you leave the room" bit, and it makes my husband crazy, especially when we're going back and forth doing something.

    I like to watch tv in da dark... dunno why the light has to be on to watch tv.
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    Ocean Lover:
    WOW! If I didn't know better I'd have thought you came into the MEN'S bathroom over here! I always see the water RUNNING and nobody around and that pic of the "lil hairs" (nose?) I've ALSO SEEN THAT! Is this some joker who gets "his jollies" thinking "I'm gonna gross out who sees this next" and doesn't CLEAN UP after himself??????

    You work here? :lol: Or maybe I work there? :lol: Amazing.... maybe they're twins? :shock:

    Kinda like the jerks that LEAVE THEIR CRAP in the crapper.

    Oh man! I hate dat...... we got some of those guys too! Twins again??? :roll:
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    King Katonk:
    ....To add a strange twist this woman is a lawyer; I guess her practice doesn't cover common sense.

    My goodness! She's in da running for da babooze of da year award.

    The second incident happened a few years ago when we received an enormous water bill for one of our rentals.

    Crazy! And you guys nevah even get free veggies either eh? :lol:
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    roach:
    If its nose hairs in that picture, the guy must have a forest growing in his nostrils.

    I didn't want to get too close to observe bumbye I inhale a stray. :shock:

    I always wonder about guys that leave their mess (i.e. unflushed toilets, trash on the floor, cigarette butts on the sink), do they do that at home too? I pity his wife and kids, if he does.

    I really wondah dat too.

    Is it just the lighting or is the bathroom at work that old and dingy ?

    Remembah, dis building was built even before my parents were born!
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    jaydee:
    I'm with you BL. Some people here at work are so clueless. In the restroom there's paper towels scattered all over the place....and the trashcan is right there empty! WWD?!!!

    I can't understand dat either or wen da towels are like inches away from the trash. :mad:

    There's a group of people here at work called "The Lean Team".... I think they need a "Lean Team" to study the "Lean Team"!

    A team to study da team..... you wouldn't by chance work any level of government? :lol:
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    Rosette:
    ..yes I remember in Philippines water will be shut off for certain time then you better get your water line up in the pump.

    Is dat in the main city or outside?
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    UH Baseball Fan:
    You too funny...I try and do things to help out my Company, but when you do not get cooperation from your co-workers what can you do...you can get pissed off or just continue to try and do your part.

    Exactomondo!

    In a nutshell, I feel that if you are worried about a leakly faucet at work or someone using too much toilet paper or other office supplies, because you feel your job may be in trouble, I think you got to start looking for another job.

    Well, it's not so much that my job is in trouble (for now), just a point I wanted to nail in my sarcastic Korean-ness. :grin: But mainly it's also the principle of it all, not just that we'll save a few hundred $.

    Glad to see you posted again! :wink:
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    acuradriver02:
    BL - glad to see you getting back in the flow of things.

    Well, still got some residual coughing but for the most part hanging in there. :grin:

    I agree completely with you. It actually irritates me to see things like that. I've even seen the faucet left running at full blast a few times in the men's room, here in the hospital. Such a simple thing, but some people just can't be bothered.

    I wondah though.... for me, it's reflex to "look back" to make surah everything is off or flushed.... do some just not "look"?

    I try to conserve water & electricity + recycle, hoping it'll keep the planet a decent place for my daughter to live in.

    If everyone just chips in now, our children's children should be living "green". :grin:


  17. kate:

    acuradrive02 said:
    "Now that I have a kid, I think of the ramifications of my action or inaction on my daughter's future. There's already some thought that water will become a commodity that wars will be fought over in the future, and to think how some people just waste it. I try to conserve water & electricity + recycle, hoping it'll keep the planet a decent place for my daughter to live in."

    I recall reading a TIME Magazine article back in the late 70's about a worldwide water shortage. What it said was there isn't enough FRESH water currently (we're talking 70's) to sustain the human population. Water is not just used for drinking but also to irrigate crops. And without fresh water, we cannot grow enough food for everyone. We here in the US are rich enough to have food and water to waste. Not everyone is so lucky. Our kids may not be so lucky if we don't take care of what we have now.


  18. Ynaku:

    Brah I know how you feel. At work, I always the one to write up a workorder to fix this or that.

    At home I finally changed the washers in MY bathroom. All it took was couple 00 washers for what? cents. Few minutes with a screw driver and wrench and pau. Took me long time to get around to it. I see da problem but after I turn off the lights, memory purge. Until my WIFE gets after me then I fix um :lol:

    Those hair clippings are nasty. They can do whatever they like in their own home, but clean up in a public place :twisted: gross man.


  19. roach:

    BL: Remembah, dis building was built even before my parents were born!

    I guess renovation or upgrading was never in the Advertiser's vocabulary.


  20. M:

    Good afternoon BL!

    We gotta conserve on the water. The water levels are still low. Do you know the water that comes out of your faucet is about 25 years old? That's how long it takes for the surface water to filter down into the ground before being pumped up. So even though it rains today, it will be 25 years before that rain water will be used.


  21. bamboohouse808:

    BL - I love your sign. Too bad people just don't seem to care. The hair clippings is gross too. That is a total sign of disrespect to every other guy in your company. Go CSI that buggah using the DNA then go send one email to the guy and CC: the whole company to remind him to clean up after himself. :evil:

    To save money, my company stopped buying/using those Menehune water jugs. Now we all gotta get our drinking water from the sink. I don't mind. The only thing I miss is the water used to come out ICE COLD. :razz:


  22. anklebiters:

    All campus bldg temp set to 82 - that didn't last too long...amended to 80 now but it's still too hot in our bldg, especially with all of the displays and cups giving off so much heat. Our group has at least 3 each, including a lap top. THat's whey I hang out in the data center with a sweater :lol: We go over to the biodesign bldg and WWD!!, they must have set their temp in the mid 70's :!: :mad: Go over to the cafeteria bldg, another frozen tundra there.

    They skimped on paper towels in our kitchen...the sheets would tear everytime we try to pull a sheet out of the dispenser..rip up 4 sheets to get a complete sheet...that didn't last long either. Now the paper has a funny smell to it...must be using recycled manure :!:

    We have solar panels on top of our parking structures and LED lighting in the structure.....half of them are off in the morning and evening when it's dark outside. Real smart....I'd be afraid to walk to my car at night :!:


  23. Coconut Willy:

    I do what I can. Was hard to find parts for my toilets. Had to order on the Internet from da Mainland.

    Recycle! Got the kids involved so they help sort the cans, glass, and newspapers.


  24. snow:

    we just got automatic faucets and hand dryers in our bathrooms - i don't remember any of the old ones dripping, so that's a good thing. now, sounds like a plane is going to take off when you dry your hands, but at least it's quick! with the swine flu going around, however, we didn't want to touch the dirty doorknobs with our hands so we pay for our own paper towels, since they are no longer provided. it was kind of like a catch-22... bad timing, i guess!

    those hair trimmings are disgusting! i remember i once had to use a co-workers computer and every time i pressed a key, hair pieces would pop out. i finally flipped the keyboard over, only to have a small pile of hair fall onto the desk! thankfully, they weren't "trimmings" but the remmants of his lunchtime visits to the barber!! and, was his own desk, afterall... but was kind of gross for me! :roll: guess your co-worker thinks that he doesn't have to clean up after himself... make the janitors do it? aigoo... no mo' personal pride, or what? clean up after yourself, for heaven's sake!

    so, BL... you feeling better, better? hope so!


  25. MMM:

    Yup that's the way we were raised - back in the olden times! Always turn off the lights when not needed, turn off shower while scrubbing down, do not keep refrig door wide open while you decide what you want and don't waste food. Conservation is the name of the game - save some for the next generation.