Chinese Students Must Limit Their Toilet Flushes — Or Pay The Price

Each student is assigned 650 gallons of water per month on a preloaded card, which must be swiped to use the toilets.

Kunming Health Vocational College in Yunnan province, China, is trying its best (going too far?) to stop excessive toilet flushing. They have issued electronic passes to students that monitor the amount of water they use in the toilets on campus.

So, if the students “get flush-happy and go over that quota” they'll have to pay a fine.

The reactions to the extreme measure are varied — some feel it’s an adequate amount of eater for daily use and the step will teach students to conserve water, while others fret it's a waste of money with the added menace of smelly bathrooms.

Extreme (and weird) rules and regulations aren’t something new in a country that bans love on campuses (yes, that stinks too) and has schools that are more like prisons than educational institutes and where students use extreme measures to get high marks and commit suicide under extreme pressure (yes, another stinker).

One of the former students of these “legendary schools” tell of what their life was all about:

“Wake up at 5:30 a.m. and go to sleep by 10:10 at night, with 12 classes in between. Students are only allowed to lie in bed and forbidden to even go to the bathroom during the designated nap time. All meals must be finished within 15 minutes and toilet breaks should be no more than three minutes long.”

However, this particular step seems to have some logic behind it. Yunnan, one of China’s most exotic provinces and the country’s bridge to South and Southeast Asia, has endured repeated droughts in recent years and the situation is expected to get worse in the coming years.

Last year, a group of students from Zhejiang University developed an "air hand-washing device" that used an infrared ray induction system to detect the presence of hands and sprayed a light water mist along with a strong gust of air. The method was nearly as effective as traditional hand-washing and at the same time used only 10 percent of the water than used in regular hand-washing.



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