What I thought would be a humorous opportunity for we liveaboards to make some inappropriate jokes (thanks to those who took the time to participate in that manner) has surprisingly turned into a series of rants about water and energy conservation.
I have lived and participated in the world of public water service
for over 35 years - some of it here in Southern California.
Here are a couple observations:
- All the water delivered by aqueduct to SoCal is gravity fed - the net energy to pump the water over the hills is generated by turbines further up stream
- the dripping water I allow to run into the sink uses less than two quarts of water
- shaving in the shower has been repeatedly proven to waste large quantities of water. In my case the shower head
flows 2 gallons a minute so if I shave while showering I used at least four times as much water as allowing the sink to fill with water.
the extra water that flows while I shave in the shower is much more wasteful than letting the sink fill and then turning off the water at the sink while I shave
Now back to the humour:
- the suggestion to use shampoo is thoughtful but of little use in my very bald case - I have not touched a bottle of shampoo for decades!
- "Grow a pair" ??? - won't happen - all that cold water just makes them shrivel up so every time I find a pair they are gone
- putting the shaving creme can on the shower floor does not work - the shower room is not heated and by the time the shower water reaches the floor it is way to cool to heat the creme
- putting the shaving creme can on the shower floor is dangerous! I keep forgetting it is there and stubbing my toe on it or turning my ankle and bending over to pick up the can hurts my back.
- I have tried shaving in the shower, many many times in the last 40 years, and always have two problems - soap in the eyes and fog
on the mirror.
- there is no light in the shower so I would have to shave by touch and I long ago lost
- The water I save by never washing
the boat decks far offsets the gallon or so of shaving water I use every week
- this thread has given me a great idea - my 1993 SAAB auto is parked right outside the shower room. I'll start the car and put the shaving creme on the exhaust
manifold. I'll go inside and shower. After wasting the shower water I'll run outside to the car and shave there with the exhaust
heated creme and use the outside rear view mirror. Even better - I'll be able to use the hot water from the SAAB expansion tank to rinse with!