This is not the most glamorous bathroom accessory but water-saving isn’t in the glamour business. Buckets of any colour are generally (and if I’m wrong please correct me) functional and this orange plastic bucket is no exception. With that in mind I thought I would try a more hands-on approach to conserving water. Myself and this bucket enjoyed a hot solar-powered shower together this morning. A 10 litre orange bucket is generally not my first choice of shower companion but since water charges have been introduced here in Ireland and our 3bar water pump installed, I haven’t really been able to enjoy a shower the way I could in years gone by. The guilt of watching that precious resource run down the plug hole detracts from the overall experience. The solar panels now heat the water which has helped ease the burden of guilt I feel somewhat……but it’s not enough. While the hot water travels through the pipes to my shower, a good 5 litres of cold water is wasted. Well not any more. Today I simply placed a bucket under the flow of water and by the time the temperature was ready for me, I had half a bucket of water. When I got into the shower I moved the bucket to the side and it collected the water that missed me.
I know it’s not rocket science but from just my quick shower this morning I collected about 8litres of water. There are 5 of us in this house so it all adds up by the end of the month.
I can use this water to flush the loo, water some plants or even wash my car. I know there are much cleverer and more efficient ways of water harvesting but this works and it costs nothing to install.