Water Conservation

How Much Water Do I Use?

In general, per capita water use ranges from 40 to 80gallons per day (gpd) in the eastern United States.

Type of Usage Per Person

  • Shower or tub 15 – 25
  • Sink 3 – 5
  • Toilet 5 – 15
  • Washing clothes 10 – 20
  • Washing dishes 5 – 10
  • Cooking 1 – 2
  • Miscellaneous 1 – 3
  • Total: 40 – 80 Gallons Per Person Per Day

Fact: 5/8 inch hose will normally discharge at a rate of about 3 to 5 gallons per minute. The use of an outside hose for 30 minutes would consume 90 to 150 gallons or double the use of water within the home during 24 hours.

Fact: Little leaks add up in a hurry. A faucet drip or invisible toilet leak that totals only twotablespoons a minute comes to 15 gallonsa day. That’s 105 gallons a week and 5,460wasted gallons of water a year!

Conservation Tips:

  • Install rain sensors on sprinkler systems
  • Water lawns in early morning
  • Don’t run the hose while washing the car
  • Check for toilet leaks (free test kits available)
  • Utilize low-flow shower heads and fixtures
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only


Try the concept of XeriscapeTM (pronounced zeer-ah-scape),which means “landscaping for water conservation.”

The idea is to use plants that require less water.You also can decorate creatively with interesting objects that need no water at all, such as rocks, bricks, benches, gravel, and deck areas.