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Water 101

Taking Control of Your Utility Bill
Two-thirds of water used in the home flows through the bathroom!  Don't leave the water running while:

  • Shaving- uses 20 gallons of water
  • Brushing Teeth - uses 10 gallons of water
  • Hand Washing - uses 2 gallons of water

In the Bathroom

  • 25% of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet
  • The average person flushed 19 gallons of water per day
  • Standard toilets use 4 to 6 gallons of water per flush
  • Detect and fix leaky toilets - you can't always hear a leak.  Place several drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 30 minutes.  If you see any of the food coloring in the bowl,  you have a leak.  Flush immediately after completing test to avoid discoloration of the bowl.
  • Leaky toilets can use up to 4.5 gallons of water per minute or 270 gallons per hour 6,480 gallons per day and 200,00 gallons per month
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.  Remember, every facial tissue, bandage, or cigarette takes 4 to 6 gallons to flush

Shower Vs. Bath

  • A full bathtub holds approximately 36 gallons of water
  • A standard shower head dispenses 5-15 gallons of water per minute
  • Shower heads with flow a restrictor dispenses 3-5 gallons of water per minute

In the Kitchen

  • A leaky tap, dripping once per second, wastes 6 to 7 gallons of water each day
  • If you hand was dishes, fill both basins.  use one to wash and the other to rinse
  • Water-efficient dishwashers use between 8015 gallons of water per load.  A dishwasher that uses 12 gallons of water to wash to full load is probably using less water than someone washing the same amount of dishes

In the Laundry

  • Front loading washers use 22 to 25 gallons of water per load versus 35 to 60 gallons consumed by a top loader
  • Always was full loads and adjust your washer to the proper load size