How to Shower Using Only One Gallon of Water

How to Shower Using Only One Gallon of Water


Taking short showers is one of the easiest ways to conserve water. With some planning and simple tips, you can shower using only one gallon of water! This article will provide an in-depth guide on how to take an efficient shower with just one gallon of water, covering everything you need to know.

Reduce Water Flow from the Showerhead

The first step is to reduce the water flow from your showerhead. Most showerheads use 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM) or more. To shower with only 1 gallon, you’ll need to get the flow down to about 1 GPM or less. Here are some tips:

  • Install a low-flow showerhead. They typically use 1.5 GPM or less. Look for one rated at 1 GPM or lower.

  • For existing showerheads, install a flow restrictor. These small devices easily attach to the shower arm to limit water flow.

  • If you can’t replace the showerhead, try partially closing the shutoff valve to reduce flow.

  • Make sure there are no leaks! Even a small drip can waste a lot of water over time.

Take an “Navy Shower”

An “Navy shower” means turning the water on and off as needed during your shower. Follow these steps:

  • Get wet at the start, then turn the water off while you lather up.

  • Turn the water back on to rinse, then off again as you wash your hair and scrub your body.

  • Finally, turn on the water one last time to do a final rinse.

Taking an intermittent shower saves water since you aren’t just letting water run constantly from start to finish.

Limit Shower Time

Aim to finish your shower in 5 minutes or less. Here are some tips:

  • Use a timer or clock to keep track. It’s easy to lose track of time in the shower.

  • Have your towel and other supplies ready nearby so you can reach them quickly.

  • Skip leisurely soaking and keep movements brisk and efficient.

The less time you spend in the shower, the less water you’ll use.

Use a Smaller Bucket to Wet and Rinse

Rather than standing under the showerhead, fill a 1-2 gallon bucket with water to get wet at the start. Then use the same bucket to do a final rinse. This ensures you only use about 1 gallon to get wet and rinse.

Install a Shutoff Valve

Consider installing a simple shutoff valve inline with the shower arm. This allows you to easily turn on and off water as needed during your shower. Shutoff valves are an inexpensive way to mimic an “Navy shower.”

Adjusting Expectations

Showering with only one gallon requires some adjustments:

  • Your hair may not feel fully rinsed – but it will air dry clean.

  • Your body may not feel fully soaked – but you’ll still get clean!

  • The shower may seem brief – but you’ll conserve water.

Focus on getting clean rather than enjoying a long indulgent shower. With some practice, you’ll get efficient at showering with just one gallon of water.

Enjoy the Benefits

Taking brief, low-flow showers presents many advantages:

  • Save money on your water and heating bills

  • Conserve water, especially in drought-prone areas

  • Reduce energy use for water heating

  • Lower your environmental footprint

Short “one gallon” showers are an easy way to reduce your water usage and make a difference for the environment. Give it a try – you may be surprised at how simple it is!