We provide water and facilities for showering.
Camp members are allowed ONE shower a day.
This shower must be a "navy" style shower, not a "hollywood" shower.
i.e. use water very VERY sparingly, as we have a small amount of it in the first place, and we have to dispose of all the waste water afterwards.
We have a small shower tent, which gives you a bit of privacy, and keeps the wind off while you're showering - rather essential.
We use solar-heated camping shower bags. The camp owns about six of them. Lay them in the sun according to the instructions printed on the bag, and within a couple of hours, the water warms up to a nice high temperature. Obviously, at high demand times, you may not be able to have a hot shower, e.g. in the mornings.
The shower is constructed over a grey water evaporation pond. Water from the shower falls into this pond, and (hopefully) evaporates rather than the pond filling up.
If you have decided that fluorescent green body paint is the way to go, please remove as much of it as possible using baby wipes before showering. The same applies to other suitably moopy body accoutrements.
Baby wipes can in fact be a good way to optimise your showering experience, and are an essential accessory for cleaning hands before meals, feet before bed, and so on.
After you have a shower, refill the bag you’ve used from the non-potable water barrel and put it in the sunshine on the board by the truck where it can reheat. Don’t leave it empty in the shower, or out where it can be used by non-camp members.
The second task that is obligatory once you've had a shower is to use the provided brush to sweep water across the bottom of evaporation pond and ensure that there are no puddles, but rather an even spreading of water. We have found this to be a suitably successful technique, and in 2009 we did not have ANY grey water to remove from the evaporation pond at the end of the week. On other years, we've had to scoop or pump large amounts of nasty water out of the pond and into a grey water barrel, which is a vile and unpleasant task, and has led to more than one person becoming slightly ill.
Use water sparingly - when it’s gone, it’s gone. If the evap pond under the shower looks like it might overflow, don’t shower until you’ve emptied some water into a greywater barrel.
Do not stand in the evap pond under any circumstances, even once. The tiniest hole from sharp desert sand renders the pond useless as everything will leak away. Grey water marks the desert floor and we have to scrape the marked area away and take it back to Reno for disposal. We will put it in your rucksack.
You will need to provide your own soap and shampoo, it would be nice if this was something environmentally friendly, just in case we do have any spillages. We might have a communal rubber duck and a mirror.
If you see someone who isn’t from our camp using our showers, have a polite word and tell them to sling their hook. We can’t cope with everyone else’s grey water, and it doesn’t evaporate nearly as quickly as necessary.