As a child, I was lucky to have a very, disciplined stepfather. He was in the military and commandeered the four of us children as meticulously as he shined his shoes. He even timed our showers with a stopwatch. He firmly believed that one could soap up and rinse in under three minutes and he was right. It became a habit with me. To this day, I clean up in under three minutes. I figure any longer would be a gross waste of water in a world where that precious resource is dwindling.
We’ve seen the oil spills and plastic permeating our oceans. Now, after 20 years of drought, even the Colorado river is disastrously low. 40 million people depend on it. It grows our avocadoes, sterilizes our dishes and fills our glasses. Mandatory water reductions are the only way forward as there will never be, “a return to normal.” Seven states now have water restrictions but the infighting has begun with Utah insisting on building a major, water pipeline despite the impending crisis!
Utah is acting like the woman in my gym who takes inordinately, long showers. Once, she stepped into the shower just as I headed out to swim. After I finished my laps, showered, dried off and dressed, she was STILL in the shower! The average shower lasts 8 minutes and uses 2 ½ gallons per minute. You do the math. Does running water while you shave (or just stand there) or use scads of bath products necessary? Does it make you any cleaner or more attractive?
Four billion people experience water scarcity at least one month a year. UNICEF says that half of the world’s population could be facing water scarcity by 2025. The earth is 70% water. Our bodies are 60%. That alone tells you how precious H2O really is. Your shower is just as important as your vote. It DOES make a difference. I wish my step father were still around to admonish not only our water squanderers but our politicians. Because you really can’t squeeze water from a stone.
- Take shorter showers
- Rinse dishes quickly and put in the dishwasher. Run it on express cycle when full. (Washing them individually uses gallons more water).
- Wash clothes on express cycle. Gets them just as clean with less water.
- Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth or shave.