Working with people allows me to observe their habits, good and bad. When in the toilet today a woman was standing at the wash basin and had the tap on for nearly the whole time I was in the toilet – perhaps one minute (I don’t waste my time in there). It was really noticeable that the tap was on for this length of time and I wondered what she was doing.
When I came out I realised she’d been cleaning her teeth. If I’d been standing next to her at the time I reckon I would have said something but as I wasn’t, I didn’t say anything.
I grew up on a farm with rainwater plumbed into the house. When we ran out of rainwater – nearly every summer – we had to switch to mains. Therefore we were really conscious of not wasting water.
Not only did she waste all this water she flicked water over me after she washed her hands.
My question to you is, do you leave taps running when you clean your teeth?
Gads…I do….I am so guilty!
I have never lived with a water shortage unless you count the boats I worked on,but you couldn’t leave the taps on…but I do brush and run the taps…
but I will be more mindful of it now!!!!!!
Karen (Misc Mum) says
No! Oh no no no! I grew up on the farm too. It makes me so angry!
Recently, I’ve even put in our shower one of those 4 min hourglass timers. Its amazing how much you can get done in there if you don’t faff around.
We used to have what mum called 20cent showers. We did quite a bit of staying in caravan parks and some of them have coin slots for the showers. 20cents would get you a few minutes. I still pretty much stick by this rule because it’s all you really need.
I grew up on tank water as well, so I’m conscious of it. The other one that gets me is the water running while shaving….
Mind you I don’t skimp on hand washing – it never ceases to amaze me how many women don’t wash their hands (or use soap)! I was told by a dermatologist once that if you don’t use soap, you might as well not even bother washing your hands. That always stuck with me.
Oh gosh, with the water restrictions around here, I would have definitely said something to her! I clean my teeth in the shower to save time and water!
Another country girl here – absolutely not! We even grew up with 1 bath run for the whole family – baby first, then the kids, then Mum then Dad.
When V and I had our first “teeth brushing” moment of bonding, he left the tap running and I very firmly turned it right off – it is my OCD area and he respects that.