How Much Water Do You Use?

Saving water also saves energy. And for your personal energy bill, using less hot water saves on water heating.

Water Use: Non Conserving vs. Conserving Activities:

Non-Conserving
Conserving Activities
Shower
(5 minutes)
Regular shower head
30 gallons
Low-flow shower head
15 gallons
Toilet Flushing
Conventional toilet
4-7 gallons per flush
Ultra-low flush toilet
1.5 gallons
Brushing Teeth
Tap running
10 gallons
Wet brush, rinse briefly
Half gallon or less
Tub Bath
Full
20 gallons
Minimal water level
Less than 20 gallons
Shaving
Tap running
2 gallons or more
Fill basin
1 gallon
Washing Hands
Tap running
2 gallons or more
Soap and rinse
1 gallon or less
Dishwashing
Tap running
30 gallons
Wash and rinse in sink
5 gallons
Automatic
Dishwasher
Full cycle
15 gallons
Short cycle
11 gallons
Washing Machine
Full cycle, top water
level
40 gallons
New “tumble-action” efficient clothes washer
25 gallons

National Average Water Use For Typical Family Of Four (4):
Inside Use
Gallons per Day
Bathing
80
Bathroom Sink
8
Cooking and Drinking
12
Dishwashing
15
Laundry
35
Toilets
100
Utility Sink
5
Total Family Use
255*
* Equals 63.75 gallons per day per person

Average Inside Facilities Water Use:
Fixture
Water Usage Needs
Bathtub
25 to 35 gallons per tub
Clothes Washer
25 to 50 gallons per load
Dishwasher
7.5 to 16 gallons per load
Shower
5 to 15 gallons per minute
Toilet
Old – 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush
Toilet
New – 1.5 gallons per flush

Average Outside Water Use For Landscaping And Swimming Pools:
Outside Need
Annual Water Usage Needs
Lawn
2.35 c.f. per square foot
Other Landscaping
1.0 c.f. per square foot
Swimming Pool (evaporation)*
2.35 c.f. per sq ft of surface area
*Without pool cover, 1 c.f. =
one cubic foot or 7.48 gallons

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