I somehow always find myself in the same predicament: living in a country struggling with water shortages.
First Australia and now Cyprus. So, how do these two wildly varying countries deal with the same issue?
I will give just one, vivid, example to paint each picture, each coming solely from my own personal experience.
Firstly, Australians in areas with water shortages have been given a set of rules they must abide by. For instance, sprinklers waste water, thus sprinklers are forbidden. Instead, hand held hoses must be used, and only at dusk or dawn when the sun is not shining brightly. Later this measure was made even more austere, with residents urged to use recycled water on plants and trees. Infringing on these rules resulted in a monetary penalty.
In Cyprus a different road was taken. In austere times residents were allotted 'days'. Every third day a region would be graced with water flow. This meant that dwellings relied solely on their individual water storage tanks (the size of the tank varied between homes). If you ran out then, well, I can't tell you how many times I had to run to my neighbours with conditioner in my hair.
Where the Australians have been given rules and fines, the Cypriots have been left to their own devices, with punishment being living without water.
So, turning the tables to you, the reader, which method of water restriction do you feel is the more effective one? Also, in a time where water is gold, is a punishment of lack of water or loss of money more effective?
Please feel free to comment as to your personal opinion on this matter. I am curious to hear your thoughts!