Assess your own shower

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66% of visitors' houses have a working shower

Results from 7000+ showers tested nationally.

35% of houses tested have a working shower.

Complete the 7 tests described below and see if your shower works

ITEM DESCRIPTION PASS FAIL
1 Shower water in: hot OK Leave running for 1 minute and check water flow & pressure OK.
2 Shower water in: cold OK Leave running for 5 minutes and check water flow & pressure OK.
3 Hot water: temperature OK Run for 1 minute & use thermometer.
PASS = temp. greater than 44 °C
FAIL = temp. less than 45 °C
4 Shower taps: hot OK Turn on and off at least 3 times check handle secure and no drips.
5 Shower taps: cold OK Turn on and off at least 3 times check handle secure and no drips.
6 Shower rose OK Check it is secure and not leaking at the joints and water is flowing.
7 Shower drainage OK Check after cold water has been flowing for at least 5 minutes.
Submit your shower test results so that your shower can be compared to over 7,000 showers tested around Australia using the same process. SUBMIT RESULTS
Your score PASS
GREAT!
Your shower passes! Only around 35% of houses nationally used by Indigenous people have showers that pass these tests.
ALL these shower tests have to work, for the shower to pass. ALL parts are needed to ensure washing is possible. A working shower is one way for children to wash everyday and the ability to have a wash is the highest priority Healthy Living Practice.
Your score FAIL
SORRY!
Your shower fails! Around 65% of houses nationally used by Indigenous people have showers that fail these tests.
If ANY key part of the shower does not work, the shower fails. ALL parts are needed to ensure washing is possible. A working shower is one way for children to wash everyday and the ability to have a wash is the highest priority Healthy Living Practice.

What is the impact of key parts of the shower not working?

1 Shower water in: hot OK – poor hot water pressure or no supply may mean showering will be avoided in cold conditions.
2 Shower water in: cold OK – poor cold water pressure or no supply may mean showering will be impossible.
3 Hot water: temperature OK – if hot water temperature is below 45 °C, there can be little cold water added and there may not be enough hot water in total to wash all the house residents. (TIP: Temperatures above 60°C increase the risk of scalding and also will greatly increase the cost of hot water).
4 Shower taps: hot OK – taps that are hard to turn on and off may be unusable by children or older people. Taps with a minor leak will lose around 600 litres of water every day. Leaking hot water taps also waste energy.
5 Shower taps: cold OK - taps that are hard to turn on and off may be unusable by children or older people. Taps with a minor leak will lose around 600 litres of water every day.
6 Shower rose OK – blocked or leaking shower roses may waste water by not directing it onto washing the person. In areas of Australia with poor water quality, water saving shower roses may last only a few months before blocking.
7 Shower drainage OK – shower drainage is essential to take the dirty water from washing safely away from the house. Poor drainage will discourage people from using the shower, may flood the shower room or house and may spread illnesses.