“That is a normal practice,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told KIRO 7’s Alison Grande. “That is not new advice based on Tacoma. That is a standing recommendation, federal standards that any of us should do.”
“Anyone who is gone for a while, particularly for a few days, should just run it as a matter of course,” he said. “That is standard recommended practice.”
And we have always been at war with EastAsia.
Now, if you have one of those government-mandated low-flow units, then running that water for two minutes prior to use means you're only wasting five gallons or so of the very stuff that they want you to conserve - which is why you have to have "low-flow" toilets, low-flow shower-heads, and low-flow faucets. They're required, because Conservation.
But as the Seattle mayor reminds us, we have always been expected to run the water for two minutes before using it, because that's a standard practice. And we have always been at war with EastAsia.
Well okay then. Five gallons in two minutes isn't really all that much. On the other hand, when the entire population of major cities in the Pacific Northwest runs five gallons down the drain in two minutes, you're suddenly looking at millions of gallons of fresh water being dumped. That's kind of a problem. Maybe we could ship that stuff to California?