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Water reflections 2

My notes about water use:

·         Kitchen detergent lathers just as well in salt water. We used salt water for washing and when we returned to shore and had access to fresh we just rinsed the dishes we used. Have a dedicated kettle for heating up the salt water. (camping kettle,billy)

·         Make sure you have a charcoal or ceramic filter (We replaced charcoal with ceramic and give it a scrub every so often with a Scotchbrite or similar kept for this purpose) filters 99% bugs out of the water including Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

·         You do not need a sink full of water to wash dishes. An inch or so will suffice.  We heat water on the stove in a kettle for that purpose.  We use a plastic rectangular bucket which fits in the kitchen sink, it keeps water warmer, helps prevent chips in crockery and glasses and is great when we head out to sea and we can put coffee and cups in it for storage so they don’t end up on the floor.

·         Be choosy where you fill up with water. Use a filter on the hoses especially in foreign countries.  (Our experience Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand) Bottled water is available in these places but is expensive. I did not hear of anyone getting sick... we did not need any extra water in 3 months in Indonesia.

·         We use a 12v camping shower in the head and another one outside on deck for hosedown after a swim. The pump fits inside the mouth of a jerry jug and we use water collected from rain for this. The jerry jug sits in the sun and is warm by late afternoon. The one in the head sits in a small bucket. We can shower in about 2-3 litres of water, heated by kettle to the right temperature if the weather is cool. This includes shampooing hair. Hose down, turn off water, wash with soap, turn on water and rinse.

·         Leave in conditioner for hair is great. It protects hair from the harsh elements and Idon’t have to use extra water to rinse it out or have water with conditioner in the system, just soap scum and hair is bad enough.

·         But we feel just as clean if we have a sponge bath if water is really an issue... we did this for years before we installed our shower.

·         Always use a filter when filling up drinking water

·         Have a dedicated tarp or use bimini for collecting water when it rains. We have a reinforced drain in the bimini with a hose attached which feeds into a jerry jug. We only collect rain after it has been raining for a while so that dust and other pollutants have had a chance to be washed off.

·         We have a couple of solar showers on board but we hardly ever use them. When in Tasmania (in summer) it lay on the deck for 3 days and it still was not warm enough to use!

In the tropics it gets too hot! And there is the challenge of filling it up. Our system works very well for us.