As we visit festivals around the country, I’m eager to learn the best practices of each and take that knowledge with me to the next festival where I assist behind the scenes. Friends have heard me rave for a year about the hot-water shower system at the de facto campground for Cygnet Folk Festival. Before most of the spectators arrive tomorrow, I slipped into the bathroom to take some photos of the set-up so others can use it at their events. (Pretty please, Confest peeps?)
These temporary showers have been set up adjacent to the existing toilet block. Each piece of the shower structure can be easily assembled and disassembled by volunteers.
It's a pretty simple set up. There are three shower cubicles and a hot-water source.
The hot water comes from an electric instantaneous hot-water system around the back and is piped through to this tap. However, this beauty of this set-up is that it would work just as well with an off-grid, fire- or gas-operated hot-water system.
The shower is a canvas bag with a showerhead attached. It's rigged with a simple pulley and rope system that is easy to raise and lower.
A few modifications have been made to the showerhead attachment. Last year I noticed that the standard showerhead that comes with the canvas bag couldn't handle the pressure of so many eager clients.
After undoing the rope and lowering the shower-bag, a bucket of hot water is tipped into the canvas bucket. Then then shower-bag is raised again and ready for use!
A simple set of instructions is all that's necessary.