In Other Blogs: Balti Baths

Living in Karachi we are always complaining that the national resources are low on clean water, we complain of the load shedding and power breakdowns, gas water heaters rendering useless at times with the gas load shedding. But between all those complains and whinings how easily we forget that we can conveniently over come at least one of our issues by simply changing our showering habits, actually not even changing but going back to the good old ways, and enjoying it, yes I am talking about the Balti Baths, and this blog that I came across today, give it a read and you might too turn to enjoy the Balti Baths in the future.

Here is the Blog for your read: http://herekar.blogspot.com/2009/01/balti-bath-and-beyond.html

12 Comments so far

  1. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on January 3rd, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    lovely post
    its predicted that next wars will be on water
    and these wars are already started
    i ve seen women fighting for water on well in our village :D
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    http://www.dufferistan.com


  2. kabirdas on January 4th, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    Why only revert back to Balti Baths to save water. Why not also revert back to burning DIYYAS for lighting to save electricity and to burn cow dung for cooking to save gas. After all this will be only a small sacrifies to facilitate the luxurious life style of our rulers.


  3. mqpasta on January 7th, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    @Kabirdas: these days are not so far… you will have to do it soon :)

    I believe still more than 40% population of Karachi following same Balti Bat even these days.


  4. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on January 7th, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    Balti Baths though eco-friendly but aren’t my cup of tea =p


  5. kabirdas on January 7th, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

    @ mqpasta on January 7th

    40% sounds like a small percentage to me. If you consider the whole of Pakistan (assuming Karachi is a part of Pakistan ;-)) the percentage will surely be much higher.
    I suppose what was good enough for our forefathers should be good enough for us also.


  6. kabirdas on January 7th, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

    @ Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on January 7th

    Sir, we are not talking of a choice here. We are talking of compulsions. Beggers can’t be choosers.
    And where does eco-friendliness come into all this. Shower will be as eco-friendly or otherwise as Balti Bath. What you probably meant was ‘economical’ and not eco-friendly.
    And then how can Balti Bath be a replacement for a hot cup of tea. We will continue to like and drink our hot cup of tea irrespective of whether we are having a shower or having a Balti Bath or having a dip in a tub:-)


  7. fareen on January 11th, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    My two cents worth:
    naaaaaaaah, balti baths are not my thing either. But what I DO think is a good way to conserve water is to insert a half or one liter bottle of water into each toilet tank, so that with each flush, that much less water is wasted. Also, to use AC water for drip irrigation in the garden..


  8. kabirdas on January 11th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    @ fareen on January 11th, 2009

    Sorry to say your two cents seem to be worth less. The procedure suggested by you is so cumbersome that no body would resort to it.
    If at all you want to reduce the amount of water for the flush just reduce the level of water in the flush tank. This can be done by adjusting the float valve. One way of doing it is to bend the float valve rod in such a way that the float does not rise to its max height. While doing this ensure the adjustment is such that it allows sufficient water for a clean flush. This adustmet can be done in less than five minutes.

    Please note these days you get flush systems which allow two different amount of water for flushing. One pull or push of flush lever for reduced amount and two or full pull or push for larger amount. Thus you can use small amount or large amount of water for flushing depending on your requirement.


  9. fareen on January 12th, 2009 @ 12:08 am

    The procedure (of using a plastic liter bottle of water) was suggested and well-utilized by members (including founding member Seemi Kamal) of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board as well as known horticulturist Pasha Mooraj. Of course there are many ways to conserve water and if your way is to spend five minutes, put your hands in the tank of toilet water and adjust the water level value – more power to you. But for me, and countless others, a perfectly viable way has been to drop a bottle of water in each tank. ;)


  10. kabirdas on January 12th, 2009 @ 12:58 am

    @ fareen on January 12th.

    Sir, I am not the type who easily gets impressed by some big names. I have sense enough in matters techincal and otherwise to see for myself what is practical and scientific way of dealing with certain problems.

    If you meant to have a certain volume of water enclosed in a plastic bottle in the flush tank which does not flow out with each flush then I agree with you it is a viable solution to the problem we are talking about. I thought you meant to pour out into the flush tank this measured amount of water for flushing.

    As I said earlier on there are many ways this can be achieved. Which method you opt to use may be a matter of taste or convenience to you. I will personally prefer to adjust the float valve according to my requirement rather than insert foreign bodies into the flush tank. Makes sense doesn’t it???

    Your reference to the well known hoticulturist Pasha Mooraj (unfortunatly I am not aware who he is ) may have been in context of another problem. Being an horticulturist he may have mentioned the use of a plastic bottle filled with water with a small hole for watering the plants in a controlled manner. This method is quite commonly used by CDA for watering their plants at road side.

    Anyway being an hand on engineer it was fun for me to discuss such a technical matter with you for a change. Please also let me tell you that there are always more than one way to skin a cat, some better and more convenient than the others. Take this as my two Rs. worth whatever a Rs 2 worth has come to be:-)


  11. fareen on January 14th, 2009 @ 3:37 am

    Pasha is an active member of the KWSB… It’s not a matter of big names, more it’s a matter of relevant names.

    We’ve got a common goal here… conserving water.


  12. kabirdas on January 14th, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    @ fareen on January 14th, 2009

    "It’s not a matter of big names, more it’s a matter of relevant names."

    Agree. Well said. You got me there !!



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