Retaining Water

Want to save gallons and gallons of water? Try this one simple thing!

I remember hearing somewhere that in order to save the environment that Jennifer Aniston brushes her teeth in the shower. So, I set out to see if it was true. Yup. Sure enough she does just that. At the Live Earth Concert in ’07 she announced “I take a three-minute shower. I even brush-wash-brush my teeth while I shower. Every two minutes in the shower uses as much water as a person in Africa uses for everything in their life for a whole day.” Point taken.

I’m thinking that in some cases it’s good to retain water.

I’m probably not going to start brushing my teeth in the shower but I am going to shut the tap off while brushing my teeth. According to the EPA the average bathroom faucet flows up to a rate of 2 gallons a minute, and if you shut off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime you’ll save 8 gallons of water a day. That’s 240 gallons a month – well you get the idea.  I’m thinking that in some cases it’s good to retain water.

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Roger Cantrell January 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM
For many years I've shut off the tap as you described. Brushing in the shower sounds very inefficient; I'd bet that if Jennifer Anniston just shut off the sink tap and concentrated on showering she'd save water by shortening her shower time.
Birgit Keil January 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hi Roger, I hear what you're saying! Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Teresa DeCrescenzo January 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
The visual of brushing one's teeth in the shower leaves a great deal to be desired from my point of view. UGH! Roger is correct as well, given the amount of distraction from showering the brushing would cause. I had someone come out from DWP to see if my shower was a "heavy" flow vs. medium or light. Old-fashioned bucket plus wristwatch with a second hand, and I quickly learned how many gallons per minute my shower used. Very helpful. If you are serious about saving water specifically from the shower, turn on the shower, get in, get wet, turn OFF the water, soap up, turn the water back on, rinse. Repeat if necessary. Two-minute shower guaranteed with minimal water usage. One more thing that I do "most of the time" and know that I should do all the time, but laziness prevails some of the time. I put two watering cans in the shower with me. When I finish showering, both cans are full to the brim. I use that water for both my indoor and outdoor plants. It is a little bit of trouble, but saves a LOT of water. Now if only someone can tell me how to clean the residue from the droppings of two five-pound Yorkies from my courtyard without "washing concrete" with a hose, I'd love to know.


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