"Take a shower instead of a bath. Showers use considerably less water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a five-minute shower requires 10 to 25 gallons while a full tub holds about 70 gallons of water."
There are so many things wrong with this I don’t know where to start.
First of all, a bath is not just a way of cleaning scum off one’s body. (Indeed, some bath detractors would say it’s a way of soaking in scum.) A bath is therapy, warmth, relaxation, a time to read, reflect, go back to the womb for a half hour or so.
And there is something wrong with these statistics. What does it mean that a full tub holds 70 gallons of water? Does anyone fill a tub to the top? No. And is that with or without a body, which will displace some water? In fact, maybe larger people should be able to take baths without public wrath, as larger bodies displace more water than their skinny counterparts, thus making a bath the more ecologically correct option. (From what I can tell, Al Gore and I both qualify for a bath pass.)
So, let’s not start throwing baths out with the bathwater. Driving to the psychotherapist puts carbon into the air, and a therapeutic bath could eliminate that need.
(Tip o’ the hat to Jeannie!)