Green Tip #207: Take a Navy Shower

When you shower, turn off the water when you don’t need to be getting wet!  A simple concept that the Navy has been doing for a long time in order to conserve fresh water supplies while at sea.  A ten-minute shower takes as much as 230 L (60 U.S. gallons) of water, while a navy shower usually takes as little as 11 L (3 U.S. gallons); one person can save 56,000 L (15,000 U.S. gallons) per year.[1  The music festival we help run annually strongly urges the 1000 or so people who attend to take a type of navy shower to lessen strain on the well.  We’ve mentioned before that there is a growing trend to meter water use in households so saving water will save you money over time.

What do you think the pros and cons of taking a navy shower are?

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4 thoughts on “Green Tip #207: Take a Navy Shower

  1. Wow that sounds terrible! As far as the finance part of the discussion goes (as opposed to ecological) I work very hard so I don’t have to worry about the 15 cents or so I may save.

  2. My wife and I lived in a country for two months where there was only cold water (yes, freezing cold water). You would be surprised how easy it it is to motivate yourself to turn the water off when you don’t need it. I think this is a great way to save water. Great tip (and series, which I am just discovering).

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