where and how much water we use is the first step in beginning to conserve
one of our most precious resources. This simple home water checkup will
allow you to understand indoor household consumption. After calculating
your water patterns, you can begin to conserve in ways that work best
for your lifestyle.
SHOWERS. Multiply the number
of showers taken each day by members of your household be the average
number of minutes spent in the shower; then multiply the result by 4 gallons
per minute to determine the water used for household showers each day.
showers) x (# of min.) x 4 gal/min = gal/day for showers
BATHS. Multiply the number of baths taken each day by 40
gal to determine daily water used for baths.
baths) x 40 gal = gal/day for baths
TOILETS. Multiply the number of people in your household
by four flushes; then multiply the result times 5 gal per flush to determine
the amount of water used daily in your household toilets.
people) x 4 flushes/day x 5 gal/flush = gal/day for flushing
FAUCETS. Total the number of times household members use
faucets to shave, brush teeth, and wash hands and faces. Multiply that
number by the average minutes used; then multiply the result times 3 gal
per min for the number of gallons used daily through faucets.
of uses) x (# of min) x 3 gal/min = gal/day through faucets
LAUNDRY. Multiply the number of loads of laundry washed
each week times 55 gal to determine gallons used per week. Divide the
total by seven to determine daily consumption.
(# loads/week) x 55 gal / 7 = gal/day for laundry
DISHWASHER. Multiply the number of times the dishwasher
is used each week times 15 gal per load for the amount of water used weekly
by the dishwasher. Divide that amount by seven for daily consumption.
loads/week) x 15 gal / 7 = gal/day for dishwasher
HAND WASHING DISHES . Multiply the number of times dishes are washed by hand each day times
3 gal per min; then multiply the result by the average number of min the
water runs to determine daily water used for hand washing dishes.
of loads/day) x (# min) x 3 gal/min = gal/day for hand washing dishes
the gallons used during each of these activities for your estimated daily
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