Per capita water use: How much water do you use in your home?
We computed that you might be using up to about 0 gallons per day
From your responses, using "non-conservation" measures, we computed that you might be using up to about 0 gallons per day. This is an estimate, but it gives you an idea of how the little things you do in your house add up to larger amounts of water being used. If you have newer water-saving devices in your home you will probably be using less than this number.
You probably realize this is only an estimate. First, we're not taking into account everything you use water for, such as cooking, dog washing, and other outdoor water use. Nor are we accounting for leaks in your toilet and faucets (you can check on how much water a leaking faucet wastes by using our handy Water Leak Calculator. Water use for all activities varies by individual. You might take a 30-second shower but your sister might take 10 minutes. You might leave the water running when you brush your teeth, but your wife might not. Also, the age of your house and devices makes a huge difference in water use. There is a large push to install modern, water-efficient toilets, faucets, and dishwashers across the Nation. These new water-efficient devices save significant amounts of water and electricity.
Typical water use at home
|Bath||A "full tub" varies, of course, but 36 gallons is a good average amount.|
Tip: Taking a shower instead of a bath should save water.
|Shower||Old showers use up to 5 gallons of water per minute. Water-saving shower heads produce about 2 gallons per minute.|
Tip: Taking a shorter shower using a low-flow showerhead saves water.
|Teeth brushing|| <1 gallon. Newer bath faucets use about 1 gallon per minute, whereas older models use over 2 gallons.|
Tip: Turn the faucet off when brushing teeth.
|Hands/face washing|| 1 gallon|
Tip: Turn the faucet off before drying your hands and face. If you don't mind a brisk wash, don't run the faucet until it gets hot before using it. Installing a faucet-head aerator will also reduce the water flow rate.
|Face/leg shaving|| 1 gallon|
Tip: Turn the faucet off when shaving.
|Dishwasher|| 6-16 gallons. Newer, EnergyStar models use 6 gallons or less per wash cycle, whereas older diswashers might use up to 16 gallons per cycle.|
Tip: EnergyStar dishwashers not only save a lot of water but also save electricity.
|Dishwashing by hand:|| About 8-27 gallons. This all depends on how efficent you are at hand-washing dishes. Newer kitchen faucets use about 1.5-2 gallons per minutes, whereas older faucets use more. |
Tip:Efficient hand-washing techniques include installing an aerator in your faucet head and scraping food off, soaking dishes in a basin of soapy water before getting started, and not letting the water run while you wash every dish. It's best to have two basins to work in--one filled with hot, soapy water, the other with warm water for a rinse.
|Clothes washer|| 25 gallons/load for newer washers. Older models might use about 40 gallons per load.|
Tip: EnergyStar clothes washers not only save a lot of water but also save electricity.
|Toilet flush|| 3 gallons. Most new toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, but many older toilets used about 4 gallons.|
Tip: Check for toilet leaks! Adjust the water level in your tank. It is best to install a new low-flow toilet.
|Glasses of water you drank|| 8 oz. per glass (not counting water for Fido or your cats)|