This is a small crusade - I've been on for ages.
I have lived aboard the yacht - on land - for the past 4 years while I was preparing it to come to the water - which we now have.
During this time I would put water into some of the yacht's tanks
about once a month - but never have I filled them. The water came from large rain water collection tanks
off a nearby shed (this was a semi -rural property on acres).
Conserving the water was not really essential - but from day one - of living on board - I reverted to 'cruising' showers - and would never just stand under the shower
with the water running continuously. Always just getting under to wet hair (long) and all over (large) for say 15 seconds - then turning off the taps while I shampooed the hair and soaped up the rest - then turning the showers back on for a good solid wash and rinse down - with HOT water - for say 30 seconds.
And I know this may not sound like that big a deal for those of you living out of buckets and 20L water cans - and showering with thimbles - but to everyone else - and nearly all the landlubbers - the mere act of just turning off the taps while you soap up - probably means you are using only 10% of what you would do - by just standing under the shower with it running luxuriously for minutes on end.
[I might add here too that I hate those miserly fine spraying - water saving heads. If I'm going to have a shower and it's only going to be for 30 seconds - then I want to know about it thanks - and I want that water falling on me like a 6" monsoon downpour]
And you know that here in Australia
- on land - in this time of droughts and storage
dams at record
lows - still - everyone will just hop in their home shower - one after the other - in a family
- and stand there forever - using thousands of litres every time - and never give it a thought.
And here is what I set out to tell you:
Having spent a good year aboard - and just taken a 'yacht shower' - religiously turning off the taps as I've described - and then turning them back on to rinse - I was laying in bed
watching TV - and it was 'The Inventors' on the ABC - and this fellow had invented this Shower Head
fixture - with a 'water saving' lovely brass tap on it.
As I looked at it - I said - 'You're an f...in idiot - Rodney' - and I leapt out of bed
- went straight out to the workroom, pulled out a tray and grabbed a small stainless steel
ball valve ($10) - and a wrench. Into the shower - unscrewed the 'rainfall' shower head - and screwed in BEFORE IT - this ball valve.
So NOW - after you've wet down - and with the shower taps just right - you reach up and flick the valve shut - while you do the lather thing - then reach back up - and PRESTO - the water is right back on - at EXACTLY the SAME temperature and pressure - you had before. No messing with the taps - and no wasting precious seconds adjusting anything.
Now I know that many of you will say that this is just SO OBVIOUS a solution - as to be hardly worth mentioning - and that's just what I say. But it took me a year - and probably would have gone several more turning taps on and off - if I hadn't SEEN IT. And then KICKED myself for not having thought of it myself. Maybe it was just TOO obvious.
Here is a photo
I took a few minutes ago - just to show you - the OBVIOUS.
PS Showering with just cold water - or maybe seawater - all the time - is not that good - you need water to be at a certain hot temperature for it to clean and kill bacteria growing on your body - or you will just end up with boils. If possible you should wash yourself with HOT water.
But I must admit - that I do love the comment - that 'snorkelling counts as a bath'.