When I previously commented on my teenage daughter’s water use and the fact my water bill dropped in half when she went to college, she responded in kind with a short comment. Behind the scenes, I received several comments about her comments and requests for her to expand her comments to a full post. I hope you enjoy her post more than me.
At the request of my “know-it-all” Father I have decided to write a small blog entry to serve as an explanation to why I am correct and my father is not. This justification is three fold.
For starters, as you all know it is winter time and because of this cold weather, shorts are not included in the everyday wardrobe. No shorts, no shave. I spend up to ten minutes shaving my legs when I’m in the shower, and according to Martha’s previous post , subtracting the time I use to shave, goes a long way towards saving water.
Now while I don’t have purple hair, my hair does come down to my mid back. If you know my Dad, you know that he lacks the luscious locks gene. As luck would have it, long hair does require more maintenance, i.e. more water.
I am proud however to say that I hardly ever use hundreds of gallons of water to stew in my own filth. If you are not familiar with this concept, most people refer to it as a bath. Something my Father failed to reveal in his previous comment about our water bill, is how exceedingly larger his monstrous tub is in comparison to the average bathtub.
The measurements of this Jacuzzi tub (complete with the champagne bubble package) my mother swears to be a bathtub, are 66” by 32” by 24”. Per my dad’s calculations it takes around 250 gallons to fill the “bathtub”. My showers, which on average vary from 10-20 minutes long, will use about 25 gallons of water for every 10 minutes the water is running. Even if I did take these incredibly long showers Dad claims I take, I would only use a maximum of 50 gallons of water, which is less than a quarter of the mutant bathtub’s water consumption.
So this is to you Dad. Next time you want to call your daughter out on her water consumption, maybe you should do a little investigating in your own water expenditure before hand.
Taylor is a college freshman in pursuit of a yet to be determined degree. Much to the delight of her father and mother this semester Taylor is commuting to a local university from home. When she is not studying, working or taking long, hot showers, Taylor likes to dabble in art.