How to Save Water by Showering Navy Style

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Introduction: How to Save Water by Showering Navy Style

If you use this method when showering you can save tons of water and tons of money on your water bill.

Background:

This technique was developed by the navy as a way to save water on ships. They did this because when they were at sea they cold only hold so much water. This saved more for drinking and cooking.

Step 1: Lather Up

First jump in the shower and turn the water on. Once you're all wet turn the water off. Now take your soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. and lather up.

Step 2: Rinse Off

Now that you're all sudsy turn the water back on, rinse off, and you're done. Get out of the shower, dry off and you're now ready for the day know that you just helped save the environment!!!

Step 3: Point of This

By turning the water off while you soap up you save a lot of water from going down the drain. Showering like for a whole year can save 56,000 liters of water. That is a lot of water. Considering the average American family has 4 people showering like for a year as a family would save over 200,000 liters of water each year!!! If you think about it it makes sense, why leave the water running when you don't need it. So if you want to save money, and the environment take a navy shower.

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    how does this help save wales

    user

    I agree. Wales seems to get an annual rainfall well above the average for the rest of Western Europe. I do believe, however, that even if you do live in Wales, it's still a good idea to follow the "think globally, act locally" principle.

    OK this is kinda WIERD

    Not so weird. This is how it was done in the Navy when I was in, only there wasn't a 'shower head'. It was a sprayer gizmo on a hose with a sort of push-button control. You hosed yourself down, lathered up, and then rinsed off, all using only about a gallon of water. Not only does it conserve water (and how!), but it speeds the process up considerably. In and out in only about two minutes, and you were just as clean as if you'd taken a civilian (or 'Hollywood' shower. It was necessary because the ship's engineering plant could only produce so much fresh water each day. You'd be surprised at how quickly you get used to it.

    Hey I know this in old thread but I also had to use this method because I didn't want the powers that be to impose "water hours". I'm trying to teach my kids this method or I will install one of these hose units. Of course they are not welcoming the idea!!

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    I want one of those sprayers! Buckminster fuller proposed a fog gun that would spray a fine mist of water for exactly this purpose (he spent some time in the navy) and also for cleaning dishes etc.

    if you search on the internet and in curtain survival books, there is this shower thing that you can use. You basiclly take a gallon plant sprinkler, hook it to a branch overhead with a rope attached to the head. Then you take half of a crate or something simular to stand on so your feet don't get muddy and take a shower. I forget where I read this, found it a few years ago.

    I do this sometimes when I'm trying to save my hair style.... I will do it a lot more and teach my kids to.

    For what it's worth, I've used a similar method using a "garden sprayer" (it was never used for chemicals) and used only 3 Litres of water. Though I suspect one COULD get away with less, I think that's near the minimum effective quantity for the purpose.

    How about the "nay-sayers" try walking 1 mile and CARRYING every litre of water they think they need. They might decide it was worth saving the resources then.