The ‘Hoggard Hesitator’

Roy Hoggard of Stockton is worried about the drought, so he whipped up a little invention (well, OK, it’s a sticker) called the Hoggard Hesitator. Allow me to explain:

As of a couple of weeks ago, Roy had printed out 1,000 hesitators and handed out about 300 at the Sotckton Earth Day Festival. He even went up to Sacramento to distribute them to legislative staffers.

Roy’s a big proponent of the old adage, “If it’s yellow let it mellow…” etc.

“But the idea of not flushing is a hard thing to sell. A lot of people would never do that. They’d say, ‘That’s icky,’” Roy told me.

Nevertheless, Roy has also been appearing before various boards, commissions and councils trying to get them to promote his hesitator. Eventually he hopes to be able to sell them to the public.

Not that it’s about money, he says. “It’s awareness.”

Roy figures if everyone in town skipped one flush a day, Stockton would save 27 million gallons of water a month. And that’s about right, if you assume a fairly generous 3-gallon flush.

“We just have to tighten the belt here,” he said. “Everyone needs to be alerted to that.”

Shoot Roy a note if you want one of his Hoggard Hestitators. His email is

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