Canada’s weirdest laws: Toronto suburb forbids more than 3.5 inches of water in a bathtub

An old law in Etobicoke, Ont. allows bathers only 3.5 inches of water in their bathtubs.
An old law in Etobicoke, Ont. allows bathers only 3.5 inches of water in their bathtubs. (Photo: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

You know the saying; don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater? In the Toronto, Ont. suburb of Etobicoke, you literally can’t do that because there wouldn’t be enough bathwater to throw out!

That’s right, there seems to be an old law on the books in Etobicoke that forbids taking luxurious baths since you can only have a limited amount of bathwater in the tub. 3.5 inches is around nine centimetres, which is barely enough water to come up to one’s thigh while sitting up in the bathtub.

While this law could leave Etobicokers scratching their heads, there seems to be a history with Etobicoke passing weird laws in the 1970’s, as per an old Toronto Star article.

 

 

 

Is the law really that strange though? Perhaps the politicians of the time had a genuine fear that people would drown in their own bathtubs.

Another possibility is that that the former municipality, which was amalgamated into the city of Toronto in 1998, did it for water conservation reasons.

Not too long ago, there were fears of a California-style drought arising in British Columbia. California is now in its fifth year of a major drought, which prompted strict water regulation in the state and also prompted talk about bathwater conservation in B.C.

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