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Average Daily Water Consumption

    Several studies have found that the average daily water consumption per American is around 66-69 gallons per day. However, many find that on an individual level, Americans use closer to 100 or even 150 gallons per day. Here’s how the 69 gal/day average breaks down:

 

Average American Water Consumption (Total = 69.3 gallons)

Use

Gallons per Capita

Percentage of Total Daily Use

Showers

11.6

16.8%

Clothes Washers

15.0

21.7%

Dishwashers

1.0

1.4%

Toilets

18.5

26.7%

Baths

1.2

1.7%

Leaks

9.5

13.7%

Faucets

10.9

15.7%

Other Domestic Uses

1.6

2.2%

Reducing Your Water Consumption

   By fixing leaks, installing low-flow fixtures, and water-saving appliances, Americans can reduce their daily water usage by 35-50%, and would save on water bills. The following compares water usage between conventional and low-flow fixtures.

 

Conventional v. Water Saving Fixtures and Appliances

 

Toilet        --      (gal/flush)                           Washing Machine – (gal/use)

Conventional            5.0                                Conventional                 37.0

Low-Flow                3.5                                Wash Recycle              26.0

Ultra Low-Flow       1.6                                 Front Load                   21.0

                                                                     x-Axis                         17.5

 

Faucets   –    (gal/min)                                    Showerheads – (gal/min)

Conventional       5.0                                         Conventional          5.0

Low-Flow           2.5                                         Low-Flow              2.5

 

How Much Water Are You Using?

  Do the math yourself using the chart above to determine the amount of water your fixtures use per use.

 

Bathroom:

Toilet                   __ flushes         X __ gal/flush                 = __ gal

Sink                     __ minutes        X __ gal/min                  = __ gal

Shower                __ minutes        X __ gal/min                  = __ gal

Kitchen:

Sink                     __ minutes        X __ gal/min                   = __ gal

Dishwasher          __ cycle            X __ gal/use                   = __ gal

Other:

Laundry               __ cycle            X __ gal/use                    = __ gal

 

Total Use                                                                           =__ gal

Per-person Rate            ____ (total) gal / ____ people =  ____ gallons per person

 

     

 

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