R made it quite clear to me that he is fed up with worrying about our water consumption. We have been a bit through the mill over water, what with the building's water consumption and discovering our personal use is rather high.
A neighbour has been doing some personal investigations and he did not ask us, but I provided him with details of our water bills going back eighteen months. He has put them into a clear comparative format.
Compared to two neighbours, couples, both childless, we should use around the same amount of water as they do. Except they all have other properties and are here about 7/8ths of the time we are. They don't work and so don't have so much washing. They use their dishwashers about every three days, we use ours nearly every day, full. They probably shower once a day rather than us twice a day. Perhaps they have water saving shower heads. At least one couple has a water efficient front loading washing machine and we don't.
Their bills, between 12 and 14 kilolitres per three months. Ours around 30 to 32.
It is a big difference, nearly double or triple.
Ok, I have made it clear in the past that I am not giving up my showerhead for a water saving model. I have tried them, R has tried them and we do not like them.
But we could try flow restrictors. At a small hardware store in the city in QV, they had restrictors of 9, 12 and 18 litres per second. Our showers are not mains pressure but the water is pumped, so it is less than normal at 20 litres per minute. Unfortunately they were out of 12s, so we bought a 9, the standard now I believe. Hideous. I was freezing cold in the shower because there was no proper spread of water. Forget it. Maybe I could wear a 15.
R visited the very large hardware shop at Altona the next day and was among the last to travel at 100 kph on the Westgate Freeway. He brought home some flow restrictors, four for the price of the one in the city. Ok, it was better quality, but these do the job. Strangely the 9 litre one seemed better, but not good enough. I then tried the 12 litre one and while it does noticeably restrict the water pressure from the shower, I think I can get used to it.
If I don't get used to it and I don't see a considerable drop in our water consumption, it can go down the chute and I go back to my glorious full flow standard shower head. I know in dollar terms it won't make much difference and it irks me that our governments have not secured us a decent supply of water but the neighbour comparison does alarm me somewhat.