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DID YOU KNOW?
- In an average home, showers are typically the third largest water use after toilets and clothes washers. The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons (65.1 liters) and lasts for 8.2 minutes at average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute.
- Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush. Federal plumbing standards now specify that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF), and there are high efficiency toilets that use up to 1.28 GPF.
- You use about 5 gallons of water if you leave the water running while brushing your teeth
- A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.
- Fix your leaky faucet; left alone it can waste up to 100 gallons of water a day.
10 Quick Water
1. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
2.Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
3. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
4. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and shower heads for leaks.
5. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
6. When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.
7. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
8. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
9. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
10. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.