PledgeBank is now closed to new submissions. The site is available as an archive for you to browse, but you can no longer create or sign pledges. Find out more…

United States
I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “showerpower”

"I will renew our pledge to save water by limiting all our showers to 4 minutes and to catch the overflow in a bucket. We will reuse this water on the garden, but only if 50 people will try their best to do the same."

— Clare and Lisa, Two sisters on a humble mission

Deadline to sign up by: 15th April 2007
37 people signed up, 13 more were needed

More details
Congratulations to everyone who signed up to our pledge in january - we hope you enjoyed saving water and you will sign up again. We found we not only reduced our water bill dramatically but were able to keep our garden alive with the grey water we saved. Welcome to new signers. Please tell your friends about our pledge.

This pledge is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

See more pledges, and all about how PledgeBank works.

Things to do with this pledge

RSS feed of comments on this pledge

Comments on this pledge

  • If it's not a silly question, what are the practicalities of catching the overflow water in a bucket? Do you just stick a plug in the plughole and scoop up the water afterwards, or is there an obvious way to do it that I've missed?
    Tim Morley, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hi Tim - thanks for your question.

    - what I do is place the bucket in the shower over the plughole before I turn the shower on.
    This means you catch the water as the shower warms up.

    As I am showering I find there is enough room for both me and the bucket - with a 4 minute shower I find the bucket catches between 5 - 10 litres of water.

    With this in mind I figure that if 50 people save 5 litres of water per day for the next 3 months this will be 21, 000 litres that can be reused - over a year this would be 84,000 litres.
    clare, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I usually have a bath, so whenever I have the luxury of a shower, it'll be hard to limit it to just four minutes. I got the water co. to fit a water meter and since then, we've been using the bath-water to flush the loo.
    Suggestion - If you replace your shower-head with a new water-saving one, can you shower for an extra two minutes?
This pledge is closed for new comments.

Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Clare and Lisa, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • jason lehane
  • .christine
  • Joel Cullen
  • Helen
  • sophie
  • Alexander David Hawkins
  • Stefan Alexander
  • philippa jolliffe
  • Richard Thomas
  • Claudia Motolese
  • Jason & Becc
  • sarah
  • Ssej
  • Armani Dinnerjacket
  • Mark Ellison
  • cathryn skerry
  • Rosemary Thomas
  • Bethany
  • Anne Brewin
  • Andy
  • deb
  • tobi clark
  • Thorsten Kasel
  • Christine
  • Paul Cordero
  • Kate Brewin
  • julie
  • Sam B
  • Adele
  • miranda
  • Dean
  • Joan Masefield
  • 4 people who did not want to give their names

View signup rate graph