05 Feb No Need to Shower – Tip For Saving Water In Cape Town
Here in Cape Town, Western Cape we are experiencing one of the worst droughts in South Africa’s history.
I’m not much of a news guy, so I just hear what people tell me, unless I do my own research; but I do seem to stay on track with the water crisis updates – thanks to my co-workers, family and the morning radio on the way to work.
We have hit Level 6B restrictions as from 1 February 2018. This means each individual is only allowed 50L of water per day of municipality water. With that 50L of water, we have to drink, eat, clean, and flush. Not much to do with… But not impossible either.
I’ve done some minor calculations for myself, and I alone would be able to get by with much less, even with 25L per day, or less… Fortunately I live by myself, and I apologize if I’m not considering households with families or communes. I imagine that it must be much harder to maintain, and the need for water much greater, especially where children and elderly people are involved. You have my empathy.
One thing though, that I think we all can have in common, is the way we clean ourselves. Yes, we are all allowed to shower for 90 seconds, but there are ways to save even more water, because showering isn’t the only way to cleanliness; and showering for shorter periods not the only way to save water. We really don’t have to shower, but we also shouldn’t avoid showering at all.
We are responsible for our own cleanliness – for our own health’s sake and for the sake of the people around us. Someone mentioned to me that there are people who don’t even shower or clean themselves at all. I guess that way saves water, but it really doesn’t save our noses from the smelly odour.
Just think a little further until you get to the basic need of cleanliness. Here’s one way of meeting that need:
All you need is:
1L of water, a bathing cloth, soap of your choice and if you prefer a loofa or sponge, go for it. I use a loofa too. Then a bucket or zink. Your choice. Perhaps a bucket would be better for people living together, so that the zink can be used for oral hygiene etc.
I can clean myself with about 1L of water, or less, like 500ml. If the water eventually gets cut off, this can be done from the 25L supply as well. But for now, while the water is still flowing through the taps, I use my taps. I don’t own a bucket, so I use my bathroom zink for now.
I pour in about 500ml of mildly warm clean water. I wash my face first with a little soap. Then I dunk my bathing cloth in the rest of the water and wipe myself to get some sort of wetness. Then I dip my loofa in and cover it with soap. I learned not to use too much soap, to avoid excessive soapiness and bubbles. Plus it takes more water to clean the loofa. Then I scrub myself from neck to toes. Once I’m done scrubbing, I have the choice to either clean my loofa in this first batch of water, or clean it with the next. If cleaning it with the second, then I can use this first batch to wipe the soap off using my bathing cloth. If cleaning the loofa now, I’ll have to pour in the second batch of clean water to wipe the soap off. I guess it’s personal preference. Then somewhere in between I also wash my “you know areas.” Then I’m done. After wiping the soap off, there is actually no need to dry myself with a towel, but I guess it depends on how wet you make the cloth for wiping.
Now I’m pretty sure there are even more water-saving methods of cleaning yourself, so please feel free to share your ways in the comments section.
I hope this helped you if you are not sure how you can save more water. Thank you for reading.