Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bathing economically

Do you know that during bathing, about 50% of water falls directly to the floor without touching the body if water is poured hurriedly? In India most of us, first fill a bucket and then pour on our body using a mug or small container. Usually the mug holds about one litre. There are people who require more than two buckets of water for one bath! They keep on pouring! I know a friend who does this. Asked why, he says that his bath ends only when a certain 'current' passes through his body at a certain point of time!

These are days when everyone of us must prevent unnecessary wastage of water esp. during a water crisis. It is very much possible to economize use of water for bathing [in such a crisis]. Take the first mug of water and begin by wetting the body with a sponge / kerchief / palm of the hand. Pour the second mug all over the body, SLOWLY. A moist skin surface is easier to wet than a dry one. You can notice this in summer and winter. In summer due to presence of sweat it is quick and in winter more water is needed to wet as sweat is very less.

Next step is 'soaping'/scrubbing.

The third mug is used for washing off the soap lather. Follow it by slowly pouring a couple of mugs by which time all soap is washed off. The bath is now complete! Actually, on an average, just five to six litres of water is sufficient for a clean bath. Add 1-2 mugs in case of the head-bath. Majority of people use warm water for bathing. Do not demand a demo!  I have tried to describe clearly for you to try!!
A shower is reasonably economical

A normal shower bath finished off quickly (with cold water) also consumes less quantity of water. The tap has to be closed during 'soaping'. One can calculate the average time taken for a shower bath and see how much water is spent. Note the time taken and then fill a bucket with the shower and see how much water is collected in the same time. Of course, an oil bath requires more water.

This 'economy bath formula' would come in handy in a crisis such as a 'water shortage period'. Those who are accustomed to spend water carelessly should be made to realize the crunch. Indications of water shortage are looming, if not large at this point of time, there is an alarm. Not only in India but in many parts of the world . There is everyday talk of climate change. For places like Mysore and surroundings, a good monsoon means a good storage at Krishnaraja Sagar Dam.  If the rain is deficient, tough summers.

The US Army people is said to use a high pressure automiser (that can be made using cycle pump and a few pvc pipe fittings) for their bathing purposes. This means even less use of water.

The great water guzzler, a certain NO in crises.

Aside from bathing ourselves, there are plenty of car-owners that bathe their beloved cars daily with a hose pipe and flood the streets, like this!

I wonder if that is judicious - even responsible practice! Some of them argue that they are paying the bill and why should others worry! At times one feels what they waste (that is just one example) is the water saved with difficulty by others. We are so careless when it comes to mass action.   How many of us switched off lights during the set hour recently?

We will do well to harvest rooftop rainwater to alleviate the situation to a great extent. It is easy and economical too. During the rainy season, plenty of pure water can be collected and used provided one plans a large volume sump/tank. One inch of rain on a 1000 sq. foot catchment area will yield 623 gallons of water. Let us all use water judiciously, for all purposes. 

  Water is more precious then we are aware.


Toe Knee said...

If only people would follow this advice and conserve water. I know people who take a bath with two buckets of water twice a day in the summer.

paddu said...

Living in Banglore made me frugal with water, and I learned to use the same mug-and-bucket combination, but never allowed water to go back into the bucket once used. Keeping all suds and dirt out of the clean water always seemed imperitive, given the scarcity of water supply at times. Half a bucket was plenty for me as well.

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Could I post a link to this article on your blog, to my facebook group page?


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Kumar Sharma said...

Though your blog was posted in Sept 2009, it is even more valid today (21st May 2013)for a Mysorean especially - Bangaloreans are luckier, Vidhana Soudha being nearer to them than KRS! Their right to Cauvery is more - worthwhile to transport water farther (more money spent and water down-the-drain). We get some little water only in the sump-tap at midnight for a short period once in 3 days in V. V. Mohalla as the VVWW reservoir is about a Kilometre as the crow flies.

Further you mentioned, during a talk, about some Genius managing a bath in 1.5 Litres! I must have spent about 7 mugs / litres this morning. Sposina Mia suggested that even this, if done in the Garden, will help water the plants as well - by the way no need to use soap and thus toxify. In the west, the 'White Skin' and the Weather makes them avoid taking daily bath - they also 'save' water by the use of Toilet Paper!
I used to see in the 'Wild West' - I mean in the movies - the Cowboys had a bath-tub in the Casinos, where the same water in the tub is used by many, one after the other!
My belated Thanks for the Good Blog - just added my bit trying to mix humour with facts, with a prayer to Rain-God for a good monsoon soon. I don't care if it spoils your Sunday Cricket Match - though I prefer the Gods to have a merciful eye on Kodagu District.