Day 134 (positive project) Water Management


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It’s hot in Costa Rica. Today, the temperature says thirty three degrees centigrade. It feels so much hotter. I decide to have a shower to cool off.
I haven’t had a hot shower since arriving here on February 3rd. Only a couple of the places we have stayed have had hot water, all the others are simply a pipe coming out of the wall with cold water. This is perfect and in this temperature it is all one needs.
It is way more refreshing to have a cold shower and due to the scarcity of water, it is a sure fire way to reduce the length of time in the shower.
Because of this, I started thinking about the water people waste and have now begun turning the water off whilst I apply the soap. You don’t think it’s all that much, but if half of the time your applying soap and the other half your washing it off, then you can cut your water usage down by half.
Also, if we all were to try and reduce the heat of our showers too, we would save energy and potentially even more water as we wouldn’t ‘hang out’ in the shower for as long.

So moving forward maybe we can all reduce the strain on our valuable water resources and take colder shorter showers! I know I am definitely changing my habits from now on.

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2 thoughts on “Day 134 (positive project) Water Management

  1. I just moved to Nicaragua about a month ago and experienced the same epiphany! I too use as little water as possible and shut it off while I soap. I thought I would miss hot showers, and sometimes I do, but for the most part I have just become even more thankful for the ability to have running water and the refreshment the cold showers bring! 🙂

    1. That’s awesome. Thanks for posting. Yes, when one grows accustomed to certain ‘luxuries’ it is easy to take things for granted. It is a great exercise to strip yourself down to the basics, to realize we are more than just our belongings and environment.

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