When workers in Eston Town Hall went to the bathroom, they were surprised to find a sign
with the following message posted in the lavatories:
Think Green. Think Safe.
Do you really need to go?
Toilets and sinks account for approximately 75% of the water used in workplaces. It is important for all of us to do more to save water, both to protect our world's natural resources and to lower the economic impact of wasteful water usage.
Staff members complained that they thought this was taking environmentalism to an extreme. But some investigation revealed that the signs were a prank. The identity of the prankster is unknown.
So the signs were a joke, but I have read serious proposals asking people not whether they really need to go, but whether they really need to flush so often. It's the old "If it's yellow, mellow; if it's brown, flush it down" advice. And there's quite a bit of research into creating urine-separating toilets
, that would prevent the need to flush urine into the sewage system.