Navy Showers

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A navy shower is a method of showering that reduces the amount of water you use.

1) Get wet.
2) Turn off the water.
3) While the water is off, lather up with soap.
4) Rinse off.

You get just as clean, and you help the environment and save money on your utility bills.

29 Responses to “Navy Showers”

  1. Richard Says:

    Good video. But for most people, this is a little extreme. A more approachable way in water conservation would simply be to take shorter showers. Instead of taking a 30 minute shower, why not cut that down to 10 mins? A lot more comfortable than a navy shower.

    Actually, for most people, this is the norm. It seems that this is the normal way to take showers everywhere outside the United States. It’s only as extreme as turning off the water while you brush your teeth.

    -Al 7/18/07

  2. MovGP0 Says:

    Navy showers are not uncomfortable. I for myself are doing only navy showers and only showers with it is a need to save water.

    The USA have already problems with providing enough water, because the peoples are needing to much. In the USA the water use has grown six-fold over the past 70 years. There is little or no leeway for changes in current water allocations.

    The average American uses 380 to 670 liters of water at home each day. But a person needs only 17 liters of water per day to survive.

    Climate Change
    There is every reason to expect that climate change, such as that associated with greenhouse warming, could dramatically alter the availability of water. In the most rigorous study to date of potential greenhouse impacts, leading scientists detail how major water problems could evolve over the next 50 years throughout the West of the USA as a result of climate change already underway.

    Texas acriculture
    95% of the USA fresh water is underground. As farmers in the Texan High Plains pump groundwater faster than rain replenishes it, the water tables are dropping. North America’s largest aquifer, the Ogallala, is being depleted at a rate of 12∙10^9 m³ a year. Total depletion to date amounts to some 325∙10^9 m³ (the annual flow of 18 Colorado Rivers). The Ogallala stretches from Texas to South Dakota, and waters one fifth of US irrigated land.

  3. MovGP0 Says:

    Save Water – Save Money!
    Here are some ideas to save water:

    * Don’t clean your car (except windows, lights, number plate, and salt) and save a very big ammount of water.

    * Use showering heads with less water flow. 7 to 10 liters per minute are mostly enought.

    * Don’t wash your dish with running water.

    * Use a dishwasher. You will get more comfort and a ROI (return of invest) within a couple of years.

    * Fill your dishwasher until its full. Do not use the prewashing of your dishwasher. Give the rest of the meal into the waste – this helps also to keep the discharge clean.

    * Use a dishwasher and a washing machine that are consuming few water and electricity, by matching european efficiency standards. Don’t think in therms like `higher price´, because the efficiency of such machines results in a ROI.

    * Use rainwater to water your flowers (if possible). Rainwater is free of charge and tax!

    * stop water flush from your toilet if its already clean.

    * repair dripping taps immeadatly

  4. MovGP0 Says:

    uh, WordPress cutted my text because of a smaller-than sign…
    “I for myself are doing only navy showers and only showers with `less then´ 10 minutes, because it is a need to save water.”

  5. MovGP0 Says:

    “because the peoples are needing consuming to much”

  6. MovGP0 Says:

    ^wordpress removes also the s Elements.

    Just wanted to correct myself: The peoples are not needing as much as they consume.

  7. MovGP0 Says:

    Re: “The average American uses 380 to 670 liters of water at home each day.”
    The average European uses 150 liters per day. Is is really so hard to hold up with europeans?

  8. LordCaelvan Says:

    No. My feeling is that Americans would not use quite this much water if they realized how wasteful it is. But unfourtunetly, I don’t think they do seeing as how they have been using it all their lives. What we need around here are a few good rolemodels.

  9. Twisted Intellect Says:

    I’d be cold. I don’t like being cold. So screw the enviroment! ;)

  10. IASGATG Says:

    Another sexy video from Al.

  11. Socrates Johnson Says:

    “you posted a video of yourself naked on the internet?”

    Who HASN’T? I mean *cough*…….

    somehow the discussion here makes me think of the “If it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down.”

    There have been some very interesting water conservation fashions.

  12. Marc Says:

    I’ve been doing navy showers for years. I even have a push valve on the shower spout. I don’t even waste water re-adjusting the temp when I rinse.

  13. Chris Says:

    It’s impossible to waste water. The same water that is here now was here when earth formed and will be here after we are gone

    Not that simple. The amount of potable water we have is a limited commodity, especially the fresh water we get from sources such as the Ogallala Aquifer (which provides much of the middle and south of America’s agriculture water) is decreasing. When it is gone or scarce enough, bringing in water from other sources (desalinization, purification plants, wastewater recycling) will greatly increase the cost and be a huge (even crippling) drag on the economy. Water scarcity is a very real potential problem we face.

    -Al 6/27/07

  14. closedmouth Says:

    Chris: true, but until people are willing to drink recycled water, you might as well write it off.

  15. MovGP0 Says:

    This is only partially true. The water won’t go away, but you can’t drink dirty water or use it for plants. Recycling of the water is possible, but its very complex and expensive. Also, when wasting the ocean, you can’t clean the mess.

    This means that we need to use the water resources lastingly. Thus, you can only use the ammount of water that got regenerated, else you run out of water. There is no way to take a credit from another planet.

  16. Jeff Says:

    This is a really great video here. When I first saw it, I thought that taking navy showers would feel really weird. In fact, it doesn’t feel weird at all.

    As a side note, I figured out (as a rough calculation) that a single person can conserve approximately 700 gallons of water per year with navy showers. If the average person showers every day and uses 2 gallons of water while lathering up, that’s 2 times 365 gallons per year. In an average four person household, this amounts to about 2800 gallons of water saved per year per household. That’s a really significant amount of water. Just imagine if everyone in the United States started doing this.

  17. Cliff Says:

    I found one aspect of your video confusing. You never washed your hair. I have a “Navy Showerhead” with it’s own stop valve that I bought at Wal-mart for about $4-5 that also reduces the flow of water, while maintaining good water pressure.

    However, I’ve always wondered how actual Navy personnel approach things like washing their hair or face. Do you put soap on first and then put shampoo on and then put face wash on and then pull the shower valve or do you do other activities in 2-3 steps. If you do it in steps what is the order? I’ve always been curious what actual Navy people do and why.

  18. Warren Says:

    Please do not publish this.

    I am very impressed with your knowledge and agree with everything you have said that I have seen so far.

    I would like to communication with you via email one on one. The reason is I have a few questions for you that I do not want published. I too am an Atheist but am not as well read as you, but have a scientific background and am a software developer.

    Thanks, hope to hear from you soon.

  19. rpcjr Says:

    thanks for the tip! ever since i read this post and started taking Navy showers, i’ve reduced my water usage and time in the shower as well. as for the folks saying it feels weird, how so?

  20. Stephen Says:

    A very enlightening and interesting video (and not just because you’re naked :P ). I must admit that my initial reaction was to be against taking these navy showers, not for good reasons, but to avoid losing some of my comfort.

    It was only with serious introspection that I decided an aversion to trying something new was *not* something I wanted to support.

    Keep making those movies.

  21. Richard Says:

    Another way to save water. Don’t play golf. In the Palm Springs area where I live, it is not uncommon for a golf course to use in excess of 1 million gallons of water A DAY to keep everything green.

    BTW. I am twice your age and have only half your intellect. You serve the Atheists point of view very well.


  22. Pedro Amaral Couto Says:

    I’m portuguese and this how I shower.
    I didn’t know it was a special method or weird for americans.
    And I turn off the water while I’m brushing my teeth. I don’t think it’s extreme. I don’t feel pain or uncomfortable, and I don’t think I’m taking a long time to do it.

  23. Amélie Says:

    Yeah, finally someone acting like me!!! Thanks Pedro.. What a relief. I was beginning to think i was really weird, but how do you actually lather up with soap and shampoo when the water is on??? I don’t get the fuss around these ‘navy showers’ (there’s an actual word for it!)..

    Anyway, just wanted to say Al, I love you! Just discovered your videos today, and my, that’s brilliant stuff!
    Keep it up! :)
    All the best

  24. Ben Hall Says:

    Well, it’s a pity that your presidential potential has been wiped out in this manner, because I’m sure you wouldn’t have invaded Iraq.

  25. Kevin Z Says:

    I’m a marine biologist who spends about 4-5 weeks out of the year out sea doing research. It is absolutely essential that each person do their part to use as little water as possible on the ship when we are not within land-sight for a month. We use “navy showers” every time and there is nothing uncomfortable about it except trying to wash your feet standing up while the boat is moving from side to side.

  26. Lauren Says:

    @Cliff: I am what you would call “high maintenance” and do a lot in the shower but I have found I can take a navy showers in stages. I’ll use soap first, then shampoo (if you shampoo first, it might get in your eyes – waaah), then rinse quickly. Next I apply conditioner, exfoliate and quickly rinse off. Finally shave and apply body butter, then a good final rinse. Maybe it’s not a true navy shower, but I’ve cut down my water consumption by a great deal and yeah, okay, it gets a little cold, but that makes me act faster – thus conserving even more water, and time! I love navy showers. Thank you Al for introducing me to this idea!

  27. Cloud Says:

    …People lather up with the water still running??

  28. Jenny Bunns Says:

    This is a great video! I saw this on youtube, and read some of the nasty comments that have nothing to do with what you’re trying to say. Those guys are poopheads. I think it’s a great reminder of how precious our environment is – AND it saves money – win win! THANKS! :)

  29. Foreigner Says:

    Sweden here, confirming that this is the normal mode of showering. I’ve never even heard of anyone lathering up with the water on.

    Also, you’re kind of hot.

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