We take our hot showers for granted but do you know the history of showers? or the plumbing that's needed to deliver hot water to your shower reliably? Take a minute and think about nature and you'll quickly realize that showers might have moved indoors but they haven't changed much throughout the history of showers.
When waterfalls weren't available, the Egyptians used jugs of water. We know the Greeks and Romans used aqueducts to deliver water to community baths, which included showers. Today showers are more popular than baths because they take less time and use less water.
The history of showers shows our bathing habits have been driven by health and hygiene concerns. All showers need plumbing and a way to heat water. Today, the shower enhancements you're likely to hear about are focusing:
- Delivering hot water faster with on-demand hot water heaters.
- Using solar to heat hot water for showers.
- Shower heads that use water more efficiently, and at the same time there's more interest in using multiple shower heads.
Fun Facts About Showers Today
- The average shower temperature is 42° Centigrade or 108° Fahrenheit.
- The amount of water used in a 5 minute shower – 75 liters or 20 gallons.
- The average time spent showering is 8 minutes, with women spending more time in the shower … which is certainly true at my house.
- More men than women take daily showers, 70% to 57%.
- The world record for the longest shower is 341 hours, in 1985.
- The world record for the most people showering at once, 152 … wow!
- 64% of women think about to-do lists while showering versus 48% of men.
- The top 3 countries which shower the most – Mexico, Australia and France (US is fourth).
Fun facts from InfographicJournal.com's, Interesting Facts About Showers.
Infographic on The History of Showers
When the say a picture is worth a thousand words, an infographics is worth several thousand words. We hope you enjoy this fun history of showers in the UK.