Gimme Some Water

For… almost as long as I can remember, really – various groups up to and including the government have been urging “responsible” and “efficient” water conservation, for economic and environmental reasons.

This desire to use less water is undoubtedly good and noble. It’s brought us reasonably water-efficient toilets and shower heads, and mildly annoying phrases like “if it’s yellow, let it mellow”.

It’s possible we’ve even gotten garbage disposals that require less water than their predecessors. I don’t know, as I’ve never lived in a house with a garbage disposal.

But it seems to me like most of the innovations in domestic water conservation have been very bathroom-centric. This may not be a bad thing – we do dishes twice a day, and we do laundry twice a week, and we collectively go to the bathroom probably, um, twenty times a day, between everyone who lives here. So that seems kind of logical, I guess.

But, out in the kitchen…

Like I said, we do dishes twice a day, most days. Once in the afternoon, and once after everyone’s eaten supper. There’s a gap of a couple hours between the two, which is more than enough time for the nice hot water in the sink to become a cold and horrible pool of soapy terror.

The sink holds about 3 gallons of water, and we probably use another gallon of water a day rinsing dishes after they’re washed. That’s eight gallons of water, which is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, I guess. Especially considering that modern toilets are theoretically around 1.5 gallons per flush (meaning our household uses about thirty gallons a day just going to the bathroom… and then more for washing our hands. Hopefully).

Still, given that our kitchen sink is stainless steel, I can’t help but think it’d be extremely efficient and useful to have an induction heater coupled to the stupid thing. Press a button on the wall, and shazam, the water in your sink is warm again.

I suspect that this wouldn’t actually be terribly practical, but let’s be honest, that hasn’t ever stopped anyone, right? And, sure, all sinks would probably have to come with some big, ugly, permanently-engraved idiot warning about how CAUTION surface may be HOT, but that’s probably going to happen anyway, the way lawyers are ruining the world, and it’d be a small price to pay to never, ever have to stick my hand into a sink full of cold water again.

Published in: General | on June 21st, 2010| Comments Off on Gimme Some Water

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