How can you have a shower with only five litres of water? Easy! Switching over to one of these methods will save you hundreds of litres of water over summer. Invaluable if you are relying on tank water. Luckily it rains in winter in temperate climates, so there’s more rainwater for the cooler season, when you don’t want to be showering outside. Even having a five litre shower every second night, or on weekends, will slash your water use. Have a go!
1. Boil a kettle (1-2 litres) and take it to the bathroom with a jug. Fill the jug about two thirds full of cold water from the tap, and add boiling water until it’s the temperature you want. Stand or squat in the shower or bath. Pour the jug over you to wet. Soap up. Pour the jug over again to rinse off.
2. For small babies and children: run a few litres of water into a baby bath, small tub or clean rubbish bin and sit them in it to wash. Tip the water onto the garden or pot plants afterwards.
3. Fill a solar shower with a few litres of cold water and sit it in the sun to warm up. Hang it from a tree outside, or even take it inside to your shower cubicle to wash your body.
4. Fill a large plastic bottle with warm water from the tap. Stand in the shower or on the grass outside and tip it all over yourself to wash off. Good for sandy post-beach showers. You can refill a 1.5 litre bottle three times and it will still be under 5 litres of water consumption.
5. Classic top and tail: use a wet flannel or splash handfuls of water on yourself to wash your face, armpits and groin.
Which of these have you tried?