How much water would be saved if the people of Utah opted for showers instead of baths?



SALT LAKE CITY – With Utah battling record drought, every drop of water counts.

A nice hot bath can seem like a soothing way to end a hard day with a little salt, a little oil, maybe bubbles and candles – and if you’re lucky, a duck.

But how much water does the bath really use?

KSL investigators visited a few hardware stores and found that most bins for sale have a capacity of 42 gallons. And according to, the average bath uses between 35 and 50 gallons of water.

Every Drop Counts: The Water-Saving Benefits of Low-Flow Showerheads

Compare that to taking a shower. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average shower lasts eight minutes. Most showerheads found by KSL had a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute, so the average shower sends about 20 gallons of water down the drain.

It costs 20 gallons of water to shower versus 35 to 50 to bathe. In other words: you will save between 15 and 30 gallons each time you opt for a shower rather than a bath.

It’s no small feat – if you can live without the bubbles and the duck.

On Monday, KSL TV demonstrated that installing a low-flow showerhead saves about six gallons per shower.

If you have an idea of ​​small ways to save water and you would like KSL-TV to do a survey to see how much we would save, let us know. (385) 707-6153 or you can email [email protected]



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