A city in Zimbabwe has ordered citywide toilet flushing once every three days as they face a drought, complete with water shortages and dams that have been drying up. They’re currently on strict water rations, but when the water’s turned on, residents’ first order of business is to flush their toilets. In unison.
The first synchronized flush took place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The reasoning behind this–and subsequent flushes which will take place every three days–is to keep waste from accumulating and creating blocked sewers when the towns go without water. The city council has asked its over 1 million residents to literally flush out their systems.
“All residents of Bulawayo are invited and expected to participate in this exercise. Every household is requested to flush their toilets systematically at 7.30pm,” says council spokeswoman Nesisa Mpofu. She explains that the reduction in water going through the sewage system created the need for this “water shedding programme.” The first flush, however, was not much of a success. Mpofu