How to Save Water by Taking a Shorter Shower

With apologies to the opera singers among us, there's almost nothing we do in a shower that can't be done in a few minutes less.

You will need

  • A water-efficient showerhead
  • A kitchen timer
  • A household bucket
  • And readily accessible soap and shampoo
  • A close
  • personal friend

Step 1 Install a water-efficient showerhead. At about 2.5 gallons per minute, the showerhead will use less than 13 gallons for a five-minute shower—as compared to 30 to 50 gallons for a typical bath.

Step 2 Time your shower. Right before you jump in, set the timer to five minutes.

Step 3 Soap your limbs, wash your hair, shave your face, legs, whatever you like, and rinse. You’ll be surprised how fast it goes if you don’t dawdle.

Step 4 To save even more water, turn it off while you lather up. Taking a so-called “navy shower” saves a lot of water—just make sure not to rub your eyes.

Step 5 Shower with a friend and cut the water you use in half. As the song says, “scrub the one you’re with.”