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How Many Gallons of Water Do You Use Per Minute?

Living your life requires daily water use. Whether you drink it, bathe in it, cook with it, or use it to make your coffee, water has become the most necessary commodity on Earth. Homeowners in water-starved areas are no strangers to water conservation efforts, but it’s smart to keep in mind exactly how much you use, especially when its use has become so common that people sometimes forget when they’re using it.

Splashing Water

We’ve accumulated the following numbers below to show you what we mean.

Showering

Let’s start with the activity that requires the biggest water usage. Showering can use between 1.5 to 8 gallons of water per minute depending on the type of showerhead that you use.

Flushing

Of course, everyone thinks about the length of their showers and the type of showerhead they use when faced with a drought, but what about using the toilet? An average flush takes between ten to thirty seconds, but, depending on the toilet you use, you could be wasting between 1 and 5 gallons of water every time you do it. If you live in a family with lots of family members that eat their fruits and vegetables, it can be possible to lose 25 gallons or more a day just by flushing.

Brushing, Shaving, and Hand-Washing

Woman Brushing her Teeth

Meanwhile, sink activities like hand washing, teeth brushing, and shaving all come with different details. Hand washing requires that you run water over your hands for around ten to fifteen seconds, while teeth brushing and shaving could all be reduced to occasional spurts of water.

In some cases, those that shave will fill up their sink with water to shave. While this may feel unnecessary, it’s a great alternative to keeping the water running the whole time, which can waste over two gallons per minute. Even if it takes you just five minutes, keeping the water running during your shave can waste over ten gallons.

Teeth brushing is a similar case but requires even less water than shaving. Those that turn the water off during the actual teeth brushing process can save as much as 3 gallons of water every time they brush. By simply wetting down your toothbrush, washing it, and then rinsing when necessary, you can reduce your water consumption two times a day.

Drinking

Woman Drinking Water

That’s right! You’re supposed to be drinking this stuff, too! All jokes aside, people rarely consider the amount of water they drink when thinking about water conservation because it’s simply the best use for it. Don’t cut down on the amount of water you drink. You’re doing just fine, and, if anything, you should be drinking more.

Using Appliances

While it may seem obvious that washing machines and dishwashers use a heck of a lot of water, they often use much less than they would if homeowners were to do each task manually. For instance, dishwashers average between 6 – 16 gallons of water per use, depending on when they were made, and yet homeowners that wash their own dishes can be expected to use between 8-27 gallons of water, depending on how good they are at doing them and how efficient their faucet is.

With washing machines, the story is the same. It might take between 25 and 40 gallons of water to wash a load, but it’s much easier than using running water on each individual article of clothing.

In short, the amount of water that you use every minute depends on what kind of equipment you use and your own individual efforts to conserve water. If you have brand-new appliances and plumbing fixtures, you’re already miles ahead of the game, but taking a few more steps toward effective water conservation couldn’t hurt.

Sources -
1 - http://avonlakewater.org/for-our-customers/how-much-water-do-i-use-when-i/
2 - http://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html
3 - http://www.gracelinks.org/437/water-saving-tips-in-the-bathroom