Monday, October 27, 2014

How Much Water Does A Shower Use?

... about 5 gallons in my case. I can do it in 4, but give me 5 and I'm happy.

This weekend, I managed to wreck my tankless hot water heater. I flushed it with vinegar as per the manufacturer's directions and managed to cause a leak. San Diego water is more like chunks of limestone than an actual fluid. It causes all kinds of corrosion and calcium buildups.

As far as I can tell, the pipes in the heat exchanger had corroded and sprung leaks. Water didn't leave because calcium deposits had plugged the holes. When I flushed the system with vinegar, I managed to unplug the holes. Turning the water back on led to drip-drip-drip-drip-drip. Since I did this exercise on the Saturday when plumbers were not available, we had nearly two full days without hot water.

I've now taken two showers by heating a large pot on the stove and using it to heat up a 5-gallon bucket of water. I then stand outside with my bathing suit on or stand in the shower and dump bowls of water over my head to shower.

It's like going back to the 1800s. We're very retro here in the Catican Compound.

In any case, the 5 gallon bucket was plenty of water for me. Now I know.


Trigger Warning said...

Aquarium hobbyists call So. California water "liquid rock".

On the other hand, our water from the Memphis Sand Aquifer is so mineral-free it has no buffering capacity and the low pH attacks copper pipe.

No free lunch.

K T Cat said...

Tell me about it! I tried to breed Neon and Glowlight Tetras and had to use distilled water and peat moss to get the right water chemistry.

IlĂ­on said...

I haven't had fish for a long time, but I couple of decades ago I had a real school of Neons -- it was so cool to watch them. This was when they were still cheap, like 15 to 30 cents each. I'll bet I had 50 or more.

K T Cat said...

I've always wanted to own a tank so large that the fish don't know they're in an aquarium. Sea World used to have a Manatee exhibit that was also populated with scads of freshwater fish you'd find in aquariums. It was so cool!