April 23, 2012

How Much Water Are You Really Using?

We need water, but how much water does it take to do all of the things we need to do every day?

We use 98% of the water that comes to our houses for cleaning, so only 2% is used for drinking. The average American uses 100-150 gallons of water each day. That includes:

  • 30 gallons to take a 5-minute shower – yes, that means 60 gallons for a 10-minute shower every day!
  • 2 gallons each time we brush our teeth – Water is wasted by not turning off the water while brushing (if you turn it off you will use less than half a gallon).
  • 30 gallons to fill the bathtub a little over halfway.
  • 15 gallons to wash a load of dishes in the dishwasher – Make sure it is full before you run it!
  • 20 gallons to wash dishes by hand – Water is wasted by leaving the rinse water running the whole time; turn the rinse water off and you will use less than 10 gallons.
  • 50 gallons to wash a full load of clothes – don’t forget to reset the water level for smaller loads.
  • 5 gallons each time you flush. If you have a low-flow toilet, then it uses about 2 gallons.

Other water usage facts:

  • In the average household, faucets are turned on 70 times per day!
  • If you leave the water running while washing your car, you can easily waste over 100 gallons of water.
  • Approximately eight gallons of water is wasted per day if you have a leaky faucet – so get them fixed; they usually just need a new O-ring.
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