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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Local Killjoy Starts Petition to End Giant Waterslide, Says It's a Giant Waste of Water

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM


An anti-waterslide movement is abound in California after word got out that the 1,000-foot Slip 'n Slide was indeed coming back to San Francisco's hilly terrain. 

A guy named Paul Duffy has started a petition to put an end to the "Slide The City" event where thousands of waterpark enthusiasts will gather on the city streets to take a ride down the world's largest slip 'n slide.

But it's not because Duffy hates fun or even slides for that matter. It's because he hates wasting water, especially during a drought.

Thus the water conservationist has begun collecting hundreds of signatures to put an end to all this slipping and sliding. Here's how he's explaining his cause:   

California is entering another year of drought and many of us within the state are taking necessary steps to conserve water. Taking shorter showers, washing cars less, leaving swimming pools empty, letting our lawns go brown, all to conserve the small amount of water this area has.

"Slide the City" is a company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and plans to have these slide events in 15 cities throughout California in 2015. On their website,, there is no explanation for how much water will be used per event nor does the company make any attempt to explain where the water will come from.

Some 410 people had signed the petition as of this morning,  and the goal is to garner 1,000 signatures. Ryan Johnson, spokesman for the Slide the City (what a fun job), tells us that the San Francisco event will require 12,000 to 15,000 gallons of water. 

"At the end of the event the water will be de-chlorinated and will go back to either the recycling facility so someone else can use it or it will be used to water city parks," Johnson tells us. "This will be determined by the city. Since our slide is a closed system the majority of the water that was used for the slide will be recycled again."

"And for reference, an average golf course uses about 300,000 gallons per day," Johnson added. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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