The Victorian government has recently introduced Target 155 – lets all use less than 155 litres of water per person per day in an effort to start saving what little water we have in our dams. Hell help us if our storage runs out – electricity and water are two fundamental things that keep life as we know it in the concrete jungle “operational”
The shower is a biggie in the in-home usage mix. We've all been told to fit water efficient shower heads, use buckets to catch the water. But really – who really want's to use a bucket – plenty of traps like tripping over the damn thing, then lugging it outside, only to spill it down the stairs or get a strained shoulder.
The Navy may have come up with a simple solution some time ago. You see, out at sea, with water water everywhere there is one problem - plenty of water, but nothing to drink. From time to time, the stinky sailor needs to wash to head off mutiny and or other related personal hygiene problems. With water little to spare (not all sailors survive on a rum diet – especially not in the U.S. Navy) it needs to be used efficiently.
The term “Hollywood Shower” - a long lavish shower without a limit on water or time just won't do when all out at sea. So the solution is simple – just turn off the water while you wash. Here's the skinny:
- turn on the water
- immediately wet the body
- turn off the water
- soap up and scrub
- turn the water back on and rinse off the soap
The total time for the water being on is typically under two minutes, and the water consumption can get down to as low as 15-20 litres per shower – well on the way to that target 155.
So, perhaps the answer is just as simple as leaving the water in the pipe! That way we can always have enough left over to brush out teeth and brew that important cup of morning coffee.