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Numbers on Personal Water Conservation

Posted October 26, 2007

Raw numbers show how much water can be saved by taking conservation measure individually and at home.

Each individual in a single-family home typically uses 69.3 gallons of water a day.

Use Gallons Per CapitaPercentage of Total Daily Use
Showers11.616.8%
Clothes Washers15.021.7%
Dishwashers1.01.4%
Toilets18.526.7%
Baths1.21.7%
Leaks9.513.7%
Faucets10.913.7%
Other1.62.2%

But with water conservation measures, households can cut use by about 45 percent to 45.2 gallons per capita daily. Measures include installing more effiecient water fixtures and checking for leaks.

UseGallons Per CapitaPercentage of total Daily Use
Showers8.819.5%
Clothes Washers10.022.1%
Toilets8.218.0 %
Dishwashers0.71.5%
Baths1.22.7%
Leaks4.08.8%
Faucets10.823.9%
Other1.63.4%

Source: Handbook of Water Use and Conservation, Amy Vickers, on DrinkTap.org

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