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Reuse Water From a Shower - PEP BB greywillow.sand.showerwater

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Greywater and Willow Feeders.

In this Badge Bit you will reuse water from a poo-less shower to flush a toilet or water something.



Here are some related threads on going poo-less and taking showers to save water
 - Going Poo-less: No Soap/Shampoo in the Shower
 - Podcast 240 - Poo-less: Shampoo and Soap-less
 - Skiddable Shower at Wheaton Labs
 - Low Water Showers
 - Off Grid Shower

Here are some threads on the larger context of willow feeders and poop beasts:
 - Tree Bog vs Dry Outhouse
 - The First Willow Feeder
 - Poop Beasts

Here are a couple about being poo-less and showering in a way that water is saved in a bucket



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  place a bucket in your shower to collect some of the water as you (and others) shower
     - it might only collect 10% to 20% of the water, and that's okay for this BB
     - it might take a few days to get enough water for this BB
  use a bucket of water from a shower
     - to flush a toilet, or to water something outside
     - at least three gallons
     - from pooless showers only!
 
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
 - a picture of the water from your shower that's obviously poo-less and at least three gallons of water
 - a picture of you giving the water to something outside or to flush a toilet
 - OR a 2-minute video of you doing the above
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Full bucket after my cool shower today, someone had left it partly full. Been poo-less about a month now and feeling good! I watered the willows across the path from the willow bank and showers.
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Staff note (Dave Burton) :

I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Thanks Dave!
 
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I don't use funny shower products just homemade soap bar and Liggets shampoo bar, which is also just soap on my hair once a week, so my showers are short and I have low flow shower heads

I was pleasantly surprised on how little water had to run before it ran hot, first 2
bucket picture. After capturing that water I put the bucket where I thought it would get the most splash off of me.  I take short showers so you can see the amount collected.

I left it upstairs in the bathroom until this morning when I needed to flush, this was easier than carrying it all the way outside.
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I have been summoned because the staff are not sure about this one.  

Debi,

My guess is that what you are saying is:

  A: that you ran the water directly into the bucket while waiting for the water to get warm.  

  B: And then you left the bucket in your shower while you showered

  C: you used soap in the shower

A+B is good.

C is not allowed for this BB.

Further, the bucket looks like a five gallon bucket. So the amount of water in the bucket would need to be more than half full to meet the 3-gallon requirement.

 
 
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- a picture of the water from your shower that's obviously poo-less and at least three gallons of water


- a picture of you giving the water to something outside or to flush a toilet


Staff note (paul wheaton) :

I certify this BB is complete! (the delay in certification was some debate over whether this was, actually, 3 gallons)

 
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Some bathwater. Shampoo? No. Ducks? Yes.

This siphon kinda...sucks.

Ikea says this plastic buddy is 41 oz. My measurements came to 6 cups, or 3 pints.
 
1 Gallon = 8 Pints :: 3 Gallons = 24 Pints :: 24 Pints = 8 3-Pint-Red Watering Cans
One                                                Two
 
Three                                              Four
 
Five                                                Six
 
Seven                                             Eight
 
and, for good measure, so it's blatantly more than 3 gallons:
Nine                                                Ten
 
Eleven                                             Twelve
 
Thirteen                                          Fourteen
 
I put all the water on the plants outside. I just ran out of obviously-different-looking-places to photograph.
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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So this is a BB I can do too!
I am 'poo-less' for many years. Don't use any shampoo, soap, deo or whatsoever for my own hair and body. I have some soap in the house for guests who want to use it.

You see? No shampoo or soap here. There's toothpaste of Urtekram, peroxide and a stainless steel thing resembling a bar of soap.


Before the water is hot for the shower takes some time. That water goes in the bucket.


Then I had a shower and the bucket was totally full. This is a 20 liter bucket, so its over 3 gallons.


To take the water to the plants I use the watering can. I dip it in the bucket and the water flows into it.


Watering some plants


Watering some more plants
And then there was more, but I didn't make a photo. All of the rest of the water in the bucket went into the micro-pond (frog pond)


Buckets and watering can waiting for the next water.
Is there a BB for catching water from the sink in a bucket?
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB is Complete! Enjoy your Greywater air badge!

 
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pic of my pooless shower water almost fill 5 gallon bucket and watering my grape vines its warming up here in the southern hemisphere and they need to leaf out so they can shade the house
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Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete

 
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I took a poo-less shower and flushed a toilet with the drippings. I'm confident this is 3 gallons out of a 5 gal bucket, but if there is a concern I'll add another post the next time I shower.
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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So I used rainwater to wash my hair (with bicarbonate of soda, apple scrap vinegar and camomile) and collected the used water in a garden trug. I'm hoping that using rainwater will be softer than the hard tap water we have here.



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Staff note :

Keep going! (remember, the requirement is three gallons)

 
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Here are two more lots of reusing greywater, from washing my hair and having a quick shower. The hair washing was about 5 litres and the shower was a bit more so together with the last lot of hair washing I think I've got to 3 gallons - that's a lot of water.

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Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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I have asphalt for a yard, so had to go with the toilet option.
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About 3 and a half gallons
About 3 and a half gallons
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Using the water to flush
Using the water to flush
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Can someone tell me what extra I need to do to get this badge bit? Thanks
 
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It looks like you were approved a while ago.  Congrats!  The approval is on your second batch of photos.
 
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Staff note (jordan barton) :

Hey jen, It is hard to tell how much water is in there. Could you tell us how much that purple floppy bucket holds please?

Staff note (Jennifer Richardson) :

3.5 gallons

Staff note (jordan barton) :

I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

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