Parts of southern Europe are experiencing drought conditions. So what does the European Union want to do about it? They want the wet European countries to use less water too.
Okay, it’s not a solution, but I guess it’s a way of showing solidarity with dry countries, or something. Call it Europe’s next folly.
The online Die Welt has a report here called “Billions For New Faucets“. Now that energy saving lights have been decreed by the EU Burgermeister-Meisterburger, now comes water-saving faucets. Die Welt writes:
In the coming years additional tens of billions of euros in extra costs may be levied on homeowners and tenants. The EU Commission wants to increase the efficiency of buildings with respect to water consumption by reducing it 30% using a new directive in member states. It is being considered to obligate homeowners and landlords to replace shower heads, faucets and toilets with new ones that have have considerably less consumption.”
This is for real. Got to hand it to the EU Commission – they really know how to come up with ways to harass and infuriate its citizens, and to interfere with their lives. For Americans and non-EU citizens, it will soon be coming to you too.
All of this is designed to benefit a few select companies, primarily manufacturers of high-end household fixtures who are having difficulty selling their high-priced wares due to the economic crisis in Europe and USA. This is going to be expensive for normal citizens. Die Welt writes:
Using a conservative figure of 400 euros per living unit, owners of the more than 25 million homes and apartments in Germany will have to fork out over 10 billion euros.”
If you do the math for all of Europe, you can estimate about €50 billion! And for what? For the luxury of having less water of course. Well, didn’t you know? Everyone dreams of having less water. Die Welt adds:
With the planned regulation, Slovenian EU-Environment Kommissar Janez Potocnik wants to mainly fight the water shortage in southern Europe.”
Can someone tell me how using less water in rainy Britain is going to make things wetter in Romania? Die Welt takes a look at some water statistics in Germany and what a 30% reduction in consumption would mean.
‘Of the annually available 188 billion cubic meters of water in Germany, only 2.7 percent gets used by public water works,’ says Martin Weyland, head managing director of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BdEW).”
Eventually, that 2.7% ends up going right back into the water cycle. And a 30% reduction would mean that Germany would use only 1.9% instead of 2.7% of the water it has available. The result: that little, meaningless dip in the statistics would cost €10 billion. Yes folks, the EU masterminds are indeed again at work.
Die Welt also writes that already many public wastewater utilities say their sewage systems are having problems because NOT ENOUGH water is being fed into them by households, and so the utilities themselves have to flush their sewers with fresh water from time to time. Weyland says:
This is the only way to prevent foul odors and damage to sewage lines from deposits.”
Die Welt also brings up that it is highly questionable whether replacing faucets, shower heads and toilets would lead to any savings at all. People will simply take longer showers, or flush several times. Moreover, wastewater utility companies would have to flush their lines out with fresh water more often.
Any other brilliant ideas Herr Kommissar?
Although the Die Welt piece has lots more interesting points, I don’t need to write on more about this; you all get the picture. Enough lunacy for today.