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Do baths or showers use less water?

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Obviously it depends on how long you stay in the shower, but in general do baths or showers use less water?
asked Nov 2, 2015 in Home and Family by anonymous
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Bathtubs require anywhere from 30 to 70 gallons of water to fill up, depending on the size of the tub and also the size of the person bathing.

Showerheads typically go from 2 to 2.5 gallons of water use per minute. Assuming a minimum bath is 30 gallons, any shower of 10 minutes or less will use 25 gallons of water or less, making normal shower durations consume less water.

[1]http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article2591077.html
[2]https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=28853
answered Nov 2, 2015 by Topher (27,830 points)
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Good question! If you're trying to conserve water, taking a shower is one way to do so. Interestingly enough, it will depend on your shower head.

The average bath uses a total of 80 liters of water. However, if you take a long shower and you have a powerful shower head, you may be using more water than you would if you were taking a bath.[1] The best thing to do is get an energy-saving shower head. It is even better to take a shower that takes about 10 minutes or less.[2]

 

References:

http://www.waterwise.org.uk/news.php/11/showers-vs.-baths-facts-figures-and-misconceptions

http://www.gracelinks.org/437/water-saving-tips-in-the-bathroom

answered Nov 2, 2015 by AmyLynn (20,980 points)

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