Thebath vs showerdebate

2016-03-30 06:00
                                                                    PHOTO: supplied When it comes to water efficiency, the shower wins hands down every time.

PHOTO: supplied When it comes to water efficiency, the shower wins hands down every time.

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THIS is an age-old debate that does not only depend on personal preferences as there are facts and figures that can be compared to see which one comes out tops. Blanche Burger from Bathroom Bizarre­ shares the pros and cons for each option.

Water-efficient option

The answer to this question largely depends on three variables, namely how long you shower for, how big your bath is, and the flow rate of your existing shower head.

Burger says that when it comes to water efficiency, the shower wins hands down every time. She says the average time a person spends in the shower is around eight minutes, and the standard flow of water through modern shower heads is around 9,5 litres per minute. As such, it can be deduced that the average person uses around 76 litres of water every time they shower.

Having said this, however, Burger says there are low-flow shower heads that will seriously reduce this figure.

“The in-wall three-jet shower head from Bathroom Bizarre, for example, boasts a flow rate of as little as 4,8 litres­ per minute (at a water pressure of 1 Kpa), which would mean that for an average eight-minute shower, you would use only 38,4 litres.”

The average bath, on the other hand, holds in the region of 190 litres of water. If you were to enjoy soaking in a full bath, you would probably fill it up to around 160 or 170 litres to prevent it from spilling over the sides.

Blanche says that even if you choose to fill only half of your bath, you will still use 95 litres of water, so either way, baths use much more water than showers.

Hygienic option

Lots of people are of the opinion that taking a shower is a more hygienic option when compared to having a bath, as it allows you to wash all the dirt and grime off your body, instead of sitting in it in the bath water.

Burger says this does not really make much of a difference, as long as you are washing regularly. So taking a shower is as hygienic as having a bath.

Washing a bath is easier than washing a shower.

This is largely due to the fact that there is much more space to manoeuvre in, and just the tub and the taps need to be wiped clean.

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