To pee or not to pee?

Is it okay to pee in the shower? This topic has been on my mind for a while.  On one side of the argument, it is an environmentally responsible way to save water. On the other hand, it is disgusting. I mean, we already have a whole bowl of water  just made for this purpose.


I am not the first to contemplate this argument; below is a clip from Seinfeld where George and Elaine tackle the golden shower debate (I know this is not what “golden shower” means, but it seemed fitting).

I agree with George on this one, at some point “it’s all pipes.”  This is especially true now that it has become more acceptable for cities to reclaim their waste water.(In this case, reclaiming means reusing the poop water.)  Maybe I’m biased since my hometown of El Paso, TX has been doing this for ages. As reported in the NY Times, “The president of El Paso Water Utilities, said in an interview that his city recycled all of its wastewater. Most is used for things like cooling industrial plants or watering playing fields, he said, but ‘it’s been accepted that we’re recharging some of that water into the aquifer” and into the Rio Grande.’” [1]

But does this excuse peeing in the shower? I am still undecided so I created a list of pros and cons.



Just think of all the water you are saving! (Approximately, 3.5 gal /13 liters per flush.) The amount of water wasted in trying to wash away the shame of your deed may be equal to a flush.
The release of urine combined with a relaxing hot shower can lead to euphoric state of being. The pungent smell of urine mingling with steamy temperatures could quickly kill any feelings of euphoria.
This is your chance to be a first world anarchist. Society can’t tell you what to do, you pee where you want! You can’t really tell anyone about your new form of protest without sounding like a sex pervert (akin to Colin Firth when he talks about baguettes).
You can blog about it! Your blog is perceived as a gross admission that you have nothing else to write about but your own urine.

Don’t judge.


[1]Barringer, Felecity. (2012). As ‘yuck factor’ subsides, treated wastewater flows from taps. The New York Times. Retrieved from: