Chavez says no to shower hour
CARACAS: President Hugo Chavez has called on Venezuelans to stop singing in the shower and to wash in three minutes because the oil-exporting nation is having problems supplying water and electricity.
Venezuela has suffered several serious blackouts in the past year because of rapidly growing demand and under-investment, which has been aggravated by a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams that provide most of its energy.
Chavez announced the country’s energy-saving measures and said he would create a ministry to deal with the electricity shortages, which have affected the image of his socialist revolution before legislative elections due next year.
“Some people sing in the shower and shower for half an hour.
“No kids, three minutes is more than enough.
“I’ve counted, three minutes, and I don’t stink,” he said during a televised Cabinet meeting.
He mentioned using airplanes to try to force rain from clouds and said the government would soon publish a decree prohibiting imports of low-efficiency electrical appliances.
He called on ministries and state-run companies to cut energy consumption by 20 percent immediately. – Reuters