With summer holidays finally here, we are presented with the question of having fun while maintaining all the gains our children made over the school year.
This week I am staying in Cambria, California for a week with my children and other family members. Cambria is experiencing extreme water shortages and has limited water usage per resident to 7 cubic feet (50 gallons) per day.
So, how much water are we using each day on vacation? How do we measure that? Getting it wrong has serious consequences: a penalty of 500% is levied on water used over this rate.
Click on the image below to listen to the interview about saving water
Our readings: we read the meter at 6pm each day
Day 0: 25,384.9 cubic feet
Day 1: 25,387.9 cubic feet
Day 2: 25,390.7 cubic feet
Day 3: 25,398.9 cubic feet
Day 4: 25,405.5 cubic feet
Day 5: 25,411.1 cubic feet
Day 1= Day 1 – Day 0 reading = 3.0 cubic feet
Day 2= Day 2 – Day 1 reading = 2.8 cubic feet
Day 3= Day 3 – Day 2 reading = 8.2 cubic feet (took showers!)
Day 4= Day 4 – Day 3 reading = 6.6 cubic feet
With 8 people staying here on holiday (4 adults and 4 children), we’ve kept our usage down below 50% of the single residential allowance of 50 gallons per day (except on shower days!)
How are we doing this?
- Reduce the volume of water in the reservoir of the toilet by adding bricks (see picture below)
- “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down”
- Rapid showers (less than 1 minute) every other day
- Bring in bottled water for drinking, washing dishes, cleaning teeth, and cooking
- Prepare most of our food off-site before the holiday begins
- Be prepared to do no laundry
- Do not use the dishwasher