Just pass wind to find your way in the dark

This posting has nothing to do with management, it just interests me. An article in FastCompany http://bit.ly/pEZdD6 provides an insight into emerging technology for the use of water – both clean and dirty water. One of those technologies is the use of toilet water to power new forms of batteries. Now just think of the possibilities. No more needing to turn on the light to find your way to the toilet in the middle of the night. Just let one rip and use the energy to fuel the batteries in your portable light. Everyone has the own in-built source of power and energy. You will never run out. You could off the grid by ‘pooling’ all the waste water, and possibly flatuence, from the family and using that to generate power.

Large families would have a distinct advantage. The more people there are sharing waste products the greater the amount of energy, lighting and heating. People living alone may need to ‘store’ their waste till there is sufficient to provide a decent level of energy.

Never again would the aromatic fluffy be a cause of scorn and derision. The higher the pong might suggest superior energy generating prowess. The ‘big stink’ might become a cause for celebration, an excuse to turn the heaters up a notch or two in winter.

The mind boggles at the possibilities for storage. God forbid some errant child accidently lifting the lid from a storage container in the back shed. The resulting explosion might cause concern at the local fire brigade. Just as home brewers create their masterpiece in the shed and pipe it to the bar in the lounge, we could have a system of pipes from various ‘rooms’, such as the lavvy, the bathroom, the kitchen sink and the laundry.

There is of course a serious undertone to this humurous take. Water around the globe is in short supply. The consumption of water can only increase. The gap between the haves and the have nots will continue to increase. It is possible a future global conflict will be over access to water rather than oil or gas. For those of us lucky enough to live in a country with a continuous supply of clean water should be glad of these emerging technologies. Those that can make their own water or reuse waste water will have little reason to try and help themselves to the water we have.

I just wonder which advertising agency will at some time in the future be brave enough to brand their bottled water, ‘Pee’?


About John Coxon

Principal consultant for John Coxon & Associates, a management consultancy working with boards and management teams in healthcare, aged care and not for profit organisations to develop effective strategic planning processes and social enterprise business plans
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