Would you use these showers? Credit: Wikimedia Commons Would you use these showers?
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Two English college students say they’ve come up with a plan that would save their school nearly 200 million gallons of water a year.

Their proposal? Start peeing in the shower every morning.

The Go with the Flow campaign is the brainchild of Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, two students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Dobson told the BBC that if everyone on campus took up the challenge, they would “save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times.”


On the campaign’s Facebook page, students are offered gift certificates as incentives to sign up. The project is part of the npower Future Leaders Challenge, which encourages students to create environmentally friendly projects.

As you might expect, the proposal has left some students reaching for the antibacterial soap. The organizers did agree that no one should take the challenge unless everyone in their dorm was on board. “We would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part,” says Dobson.

Is it safe?

Torr and Dobson also said they consulted with a professor about potential health risks and say that the plan won’t cause illness. “Urine is nontoxic, unless you have an infection (in which case you should probably get yourself checked out). Combined with the shower water flowing down the drain, there is really no risk to health or hygiene,” they write on the campaign’s Facebook page.

Regardless, perhaps East Anglia students should be extra careful about remembering to wear flip-flops in the shower.

Follow Lakshmi Gandhi on Twitter @LakshmiGandhi.

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