- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, have launched an environmental campaign urging classmates to urinate in the shower in an effort to save water.

“We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact,” said student Chris Dobson, who, along with Debs Torr, launched the “Go with the Flow” campaign at their school, BBC News reported.

“With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool 26 times over,” he said.

Organizers urge participants to pledge their allegiance to the cause on Facebook and Twitter. Mr. Dobson and Ms. Torr have reportedly offered gift vouchers to the first people to join the challenge.

“Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the U.K., to change their morning habits,” Mr. Dobson added, BBC reported.

He said the campaign so far has been very divisive.

“We’re trying to challenge conventional behavior,” said Mr. Dobson, adding that the team enlisted a university professor to advise them on potential health risks for people using communal showers.

“As long as the water is flowing, there is no hygiene risk as urine is sterile, but we would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and, if not, that they don’t take part,” he said.

Mr. Dobson and Ms. Torr are representing their university in the Npower Future Leaders Challenge to inspire students to come up with environmental initiatives for their campuses, BBC reported.

A UEA spokeswoman said the university supported “students in their efforts in these initiatives and encouraged all forms of enterprising, entrepreneurial and employability activity.”

UEA was at the heart of the 2009 Climategate scandal, where a massive leak of emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the university revealed discrepancies in the recording of climate change data, The Daily Caller reported.

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