Why are public baths and laundrettes often next to each other?

I’m sure they don’t put the used bath water into the washing machines like many Japanese families do, do they?

Or do they????????



  1. Michael said,

    June 26, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Efficiency? I can see where sharing a single large hot water heater might allow some sort of economy of scale. I can also see where, in the days before hot water was a common feature in households, the ability to clean the body at the same time as the dirty laundry would be handy.

  2. alexcase said,

    June 28, 2011 at 4:26 am

    That was my first thought too, but then I suddenly wondered if the reuse of water thing also happens there, hence my panicky post. Personally, I have problems with sharing bath water or having my clothes washed in it even inside the family (a bit over the top reaction, I know), so that idea really makes me shudder…

  3. Marie said,

    June 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Might just be a convenient way to arrange water pipes.

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