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Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

Hi All,

I come from Asian subcontinnent where there is a perennial shortage of energy and drinking water. On the other hand, I see that in every Swiss city there are dozens of water fountains through which drinking water flows incessantly. Isn't this a woeful waste of energy and water? The extreme case of this wasteful nature is the water fountain on Geneva lake!

Do you also feel strongly about this issue?

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Old 27.07.2010, 13:49
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

I don't think this qualifies as a "complaint" and thus the thread will be moved to Other / General instead.
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

It is because there is no shortage of water here. The fountain in Geneva is simply water being pushed up thats already there. The fountains in the villages are mostly from little stream around and is therefore not a waste.

And as we dont have 2 billion people here there is no need to conserve the water in drastic ways. Certainly where you are from there is other resources that are used more freely than here since there is so much of it.

So no it does not bother me at all!
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

Are you serious? If I knew of a nation that tries to keep it's water supply under control better than Switzerland, I'd have a tough time naming it. With an extensive network of modern water channels, reservoirs and public awareness of going green I genuinely don't see your issue. Public fountains reuse the same water and local water fountains were created to allow livestock to drink in years gone by.
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

There's absolutely no shortage of water here and there wouldn't be any sense trying to pipe it elsewhere.

As for energy use, yes, I suppose anything decorative could be considered wasteful . . . but aesthetic considerations are important to many and for the moment fountains are considered cheap enough to run.

Switzerland has a pretty good record when it comes to clean energy production, mainly because a lot of it is hydro-electric.

I don't think Switzerland cutting back would necessarily solve any problems in Asia, so why worry?
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Hi All,

I come from Asian subcontinnent where there is a perennial shortage of energy and drinking water. On the other hand, I see that in every Swiss city there are dozens of water fountains through which drinking water flows incessantly. Isn't this a woeful waste of energy and water? The extreme case of this wasteful nature is the water fountain on Geneva lake!

Do you also feel strongly about this issue?

Regards,

A K Nair
Nope. Its very convenient to have drinking water wherever i go. I dont like carrying plastic bottles
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Old 27.07.2010, 13:56
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

Since water is quite abundant here and Switzerland makes a lot of money by looking pretty, I don't think it's a waste. Also, we better not get started on the Asian continent's take on environmental practices, as it would get very ugly.
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Do you also feel strongly about this issue?

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No - see above good reasons why
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

Its like saying... why switzerland needs to keep its roads soo super clean when in asian sub-continent there is trash everywhere... isn't it waste of energy?

I am also from asian sub-continent and believe me switzerland is one of the countries which wastes very little...
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Hi All,

I come from Asian subcontinnent where there is a perennial shortage of energy and drinking water. On the other hand, I see that in every Swiss city there are dozens of water fountains through which drinking water flows incessantly. Isn't this a woeful waste of energy and water? The extreme case of this wasteful nature is the water fountain on Geneva lake!

Do you also feel strongly about this issue?

Regards,

A K Nair
its water from the mountaints. its logical to funnel it like that. you'll have to have a go at something else.
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The extreme case of this wasteful nature is the water fountain on Geneva lake!
Is that the Water Jet you're talking about ?

It had actually a very useful use in the past : safety valve of the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, where was produced Geneva's electricity.

It was moved in that actual place in 1891 and became a tourist attraction -so it's a bit your fault if it's still here

In 1951 the jet became autonomous using lake's water (understand here it's no more a safety valve).
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

If the water was beer....now that would be wasteful
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Nope. Its very convenient to have drinking water wherever i go. I dont like carrying plastic bottles
I imagine it's less wasteful than bottled water too.
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I imagine it's less wasteful than bottled water too.
At least i dont have to carry it around
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

It does seem to be an odd thread, I've never associated Switzerland with waste of any kind. From well established recycling facilities to energy conservation they seem to have their bases covered. I think I've heard more complaining from expats about having to recycle than wasting energy.

Regarding the water, it is very clean here, a poster once linked to a website that listed how the water was treated in your area, I think my local supply is almost untreated before reaching the tap, that's got to be pretty efficient for a start, but I'm not to sure what happens to the sewage.
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

High up in the mountains of Wallis/Valais, there are Suonen/Bisses which are ancient water channels flowing gently down to the pastures and fields below. It all comes down from the snow-capped mountains free, so they are putting the water to its best use. Waste? No. Very efficient if ancient way to irrigate land in valleys.
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Isn't this a woeful waste of energy and water?
In a word no - in most cases the water is flowing naturally downhill and the redirection through a water trough is just a slight interlude before it gets to a lake, where it was headed anyway.

Are rivers flowing into the sea a waste of water? maybe actually...
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

Surely in a country where water is a constant resource, then the continued cycle of water through the environmental system would be paramount. I mean, natural springs are replenished and natural irrigation through runoff are fairly important to agriculture. Removing water out of that system to help a greater population (i.e. if switzerland had a dramatic population increase) would be.....er......wasteful. Wouldn't it?
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If the water was beer....now that would be wasteful
Imagine if the fountain in Geneva was beer. My god. And that the roads were made of pizza
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Re: Why does Switzerland waste water / energy?

I come from central Europe where there is a severe shortage of fresh sail fish and tuna. I just returned from a two weeks vacation to southern Aisa where I had freshly grilled fish on a daily basis. I feel strongly about it.
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