Residential Water Usage: A Closer Look

Posted by: IRRIGO on February 12th, 2013
The earth’s surface is about 30% land and 70% water. That certainly is a lot of water, right? Wrong.Out of that 70%, 97% is salt water and only 3% is fresh water! It does not seem so plentiful now, does it?Of this 3%, two thirds are locked up in the ground, in glaciers and polar ice caps, leaving just 1% for humans to use. That’s 1% of earth’s usable water being shared by 7 billion people in the planet!The US and Canada are the top two users of water in the world. On average, Americans and Canadians use 95.7 gallons (362 litres)1 of water per person per day.
Average Household Water Consumption:

Toilets 30%
Showers and Baths 35%
Faucets 10%
Laundry 20%
Cleaning 5%



Studies show that a person uses the toilet four to five times per day. Standard toilets use 5 to 8 gallons per flush. High-efficiency toilets, on the other hand, need only 1.28 to 1.6 gallons per flush, or approximately 25% of the water casino internet used by standard toilets.


A typical shower lasts between eight to twelve minutes. A standard showerhead can consume around 40 gallons per shower. With the proliferation of low-flow showerheads these days, this consumption can be dramatically reduced. Showerheads are available with flow rates as low as 0.5 gallons per minute.


Water consumption via faucets includes the water you use for preparing food, drinking, washing hands, brushing teeth and dishwashing. These are daily activities you automatically do without much thought, but they add up to your total household use. Faucet aerators are inexpensive, and will reduce this consumption by as much as 30%.


A family of four should generally have one load of laundry per day. Standard washing machines can use three to four gallons of water per kilogram of load. Water-efficient washing machines generally use two gallons of water per kilogram of load.

These numbers should put things in the right perspective for us as far as our attitude about water is concerned. Clean water supply seems so plentiful because it is so readily and conveniently available to us that it has become very easy to be wasteful.

Our household consumption of water is something we can control. It is time we made the modern conveniences of our society work not toward the further depletion of our water supply, but toward its preservation.

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