Monday, October 12, 2009

The Elusive Five Minute Shower

Since late spring this year, San Diego has implemented mandatory water-use restrictions due to the unprecedented water-supply crisis.  Houses that end with odd numbers can water their yard on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Houses that end with even numbers can water on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.  There's other rules for apartments, condos, and businesses.  On those watering days, you can only water for 10 minutes, before 10:00am or after 6:00pm.  If you go over your allotted water-usage, then you pay a lot more for your water. And they set up hotlines so that you can report your neighbors. 

I've been seeing TV commercials about water conservation and showering for only five minutes.  So I've been giving it a try.  There's a clock radio on the counter right outside my shower, so I can use it to time myself.  So far I've been unsuccessful.  I've tried many times, but the closest I've been is an eight minute shower.  I can definitely do it if I don't wash my hair.  But when I wash my long hair with shampoo and conditioner, it's just impossible to rinse everything out and get my hair clean with a total shower time of under five minutes.  But I keep trying.  It's a game I like to play, to try to beat the time, while saving water.



  1. Our daughters have the same issue when they come home. They can't seem to get it under 10 minutes. Guess they'd never make it in the Navy, where the men and women on ships are limited to two minutes!

  2. Your gorgeous shower area was made for LONG showers...who could leave in just 5 minutes??

    I'm a long shower person. And evidently, my 12 year old daughter is too. I find myself standing outside her bathroom, knocking on the door, and saying the same things my dad said to me when I was 12. :/

  3. I don't usually take long showers, but they are probably more than five minutes anyway. That is a short time!

    When we visited Australia a couple of years ago, one motel had buckets in the shower. They collected the water that came on the side to use for watering their garden. I thought it was a pretty neat idea.

  4. I wonder if I could get in and out in 5 minutes. I'm going to have to try timing it. I live in the Arizona desert, and yet they still haven't imposed water limits on us yet. Perhaps I should practice just in case :)

  5. keep on trying!! important story saving water and a great shot!


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