Water is something we all take for granted, right? In the photo, the tank on the left is the storage tank for the city water that is completely drinkable. It holds 700 Liters of water. That works out to just about 185 gallons. According to the EPA, “The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home.” My guess is that when you take into account inefficient toilets, washing machines, pets and yards (specifically potted plants), you can see that 185 gallons might not go very far. I’m here to tell you. It Doesn’t.
Honey, I'm sorry to tell you . . . but you stink.
Twice this past week (or was it 3 times?), when it came time for the evening shower before bed, we got nothing but air from the pipes. “But,” you say, “There’s another entire tank there!” And you’re right. But that tank is ~700 Liters of rain water, collected from an old concrete cistern that we were warned might include dead cats, mice, rats or who knows what else. You want to shower with that? Didn’t think so. We don’t either. And even if we did want to, I haven’t yet figured out how to connect the rainwater tank to the household pipes.
I sweat . . . a lot!
Since the temp when we’re not in bed (like between midnight and ~4 am) is always in the 80’s and 90’s with humidity in the 70% – 85% range, I sweat. A Lot! And when you have to use your bottled drinking water for “spit baths,” you just don’t get very clean. I typically go through 2 complete sets of clothes each day and when I can’t shower before bed, well it just isn’t pretty.
To give you just a bit of a feel for how hot this is, I typically drink two 40 oz Therma Flasks of water + a diet coke or so. And. Never. Pee. All. Day. Like Sherry quips: Enough Said.