April 23, 2012
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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