Water Shortage In the United States Wild Wild West

These widespread practices in the Wild West show how wild the times really were

By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1408 GMT (2208 HKT) September 29, 2021

Precious water

For many in the Wild West, wasting water on laundry or dishes just wasn't an option.

Of course, not cleaning clothes regularly enough can lead to health problems like skin irritation, not to mention the lice and flea infestations we talked about just before. Failure to rinse dishes between uses can also lead to stomach problems. To preserve water, they did not wash much, often whole families used the same basin of water which made them the week, even more.