This summer is a hot one – dried up lakes in the Midwest, fires in the CO and NM, and counties across the nation declaring drought. The U.S. weather is shattering records and not the good kind. June was the third driest month in 118 years. Just writing this is making me thirsty.
So how can you help? Below are some facts about U.S. water consumption that can empower you to make better decisions, and ultimately help your community and planet.
- The United States alone uses 450 billion gallons of water every day.
- Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. This means that only 1% is left for all human needs – agricultural, manufacturing, community, and personal household needs.
- The average household uses approximately 75 gallons of water per day per person.
- Two thirds of the water used in an average home is used in the restroom.
- A leaky faucet can waste up to 240 gallons of water per day, 7,500 gallons per month.
- Brushing your teeth while water is running wastes a gallon of water.
- Flushing the toilet, calculated at an average of 4. 5 times per day, amounts to more than 5 billion gallons of water down the drain – enough to supply drinking water to the entire population of Chicago for more than 6 years.
- The typical bath or average ten-minute shower uses approximately 25 – 50 gallons of water.
- The average automatic dishwasher uses around 9 – 12 gallons of water, while hand washing can take up to 20 gallons.
Have a look at the usage chart below to determine areas that you can reduce your water usage:
Fixture: Average Usage in Gallons:
Toilet 5 to 7 gallons /flush
Shower 5 to 10 gallons /minute
Bath 12 to 24 gallons /bath
Faucet 2 to 3 gallons /minute
Leaking Toilet up to 10 gallons /day
Washing Machine 55 gallons (average) /load
Dishwasher 9 to 12 gallons /cycle
So now you know. Get tips on how to save water this summer here.