Where Your Water Goes

2 bath tubsThe average person uses approximately 70 gallons of water per day. That’s more than enough to fill two big bathtubs! (You use less if your home has water-saving showerheads, faucets, toilets, and a water-saving washing machine.)

On a typical day, here’s where your 70 gallons goes:

  • 20 gallons is used to flush the toilet.
  • 15 gallons is used for laundry.
  • 14 gallons is used for baths and showers.
  • 10 gallons is used from faucets.
  • 1 gallon is used for the dishwasher.
  • And last but not least, about 10 gallons isn’t used at all! It goes down the drain in the form of leaks.

After water leaves your home, it is treated at a wastewater treatment plant or by your septic system. The water is cleaned and then released into the environment.

You can reduce your water use a lot by becoming more efficient. The next page shows you how.