- An open tap releases 3 gallons of water per minute.
- A standard showerhead runs at 4 gallons of water per minute. A low flow showerhead only uses 2 gallons per minute.
- It takes approximately 28 gallons of water to fill a bathtub.
- A standard toilet uses 5 gallons of water per flush. A low volume toilet uses less than 2 gallons per flush.
- A normal dishwasher uses approximately 15 gallons of water per load. Washing dishes by hand uses 20 gallons of water.
- High-efficiency washing machines use 18 to 25 gallons per load as opposed to the 40 or more of a typical model.
Water Saving Tips
Water conservation is something we can all participate in. Try to do something everyday that will help conserve water. Remember, water conservation starts one drop at a time.
Listed below are a few tips to help you get started.
- Take the time to verify that your home is leak free. Read your meter before and after a two hour period when you know you will not be using water. If the meter does not read exactly the same, then you have a water leak.
- Leaky faucets are a lot easier to notice indoors. Make sure you take the time to check your outside faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. Wait 30 minutes. If color appears in the toilet bowl, then you have a leak. Flush as soon as the test is done to avoid staining the tank.
- If you have a lawn, chances are this is your biggest water usage. Typically, at least 50% of water consumed by households is used outdoors. Inside your house, bathroom facilities claim nearly 75% of the water used.
- Always water during the cool time of the day to minimize evaporation.
- Using a layer of mulch around plants reduces evaporation and promotes plant growth. Water retaining basins also allow water to be concentrated around the plants.
- Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities or your water management district.
- For other water saving tips, check out the Department of Ecology website.
Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Don’t worry if the savings are minimal.
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